North Carolina is set to install 17 times the amount of solar panels they’ve installed over the last five years.
The state of North Carolina has great weather, beautiful scenery, a booming job market, low cost of living, and some would say the nicest neighbors around. It is also one of the top states in the nation for solar power for a multiple reasons. With great incentives such as net metering, rebates, tax exemptions, and the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), North Carolina residents can save big while also reducing their carbon footprint and helping to keep their home state flourishing.
Knowing if solar ownership, lease, or a power purchase agreement (PPA) in North Carolina is the best option for your home can be difficult and confusing. Blue Raven Solar is here to help you along every step of the way when switching to solar! Check out the information below about going solar in the Tar Heel State.
Cities we service in North Carolina:
FEDERAL TAX CREDIT: Yes
STATE TAX CREDIT: 100% property tax exemption
REBATES: Deep discounts depending on your utility provider
ENERGY SAVINGS: Guaranteed
SYSTEM OWNERSHIP: You own it!
BONUS: Energy savings kit includes a smart thermostat and LED light package to save an average of 20% annually on heating and cooling costs.
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Here at Blue Raven Solar, we know that deciding whether a solar system is right for your home usually involves a lot of number crunching and research. Finding each individual rebate or net metering policy for your specific state and city can cost you time and cause a lot of frustration (as many sources are outdated and inaccurate). We’re here to help you decide whether or not solar is a worthwhile investment for your home and situation, not just to sell you solar panels.
North Carolina receives more than the average national sunlight, and its hot summers and moderate winters make the Tar Heel State a great candidate for solar energy. In fact, the solar industry has grown pretty quickly in North Carolina thanks to local and federal incentives. With about 6.5 MW installed, or enough solar to power almost 800,000 homes at the end of 2019, North Carolina is one of the leaders in the nation for solar and continues to grow.
Now that we see North Carolina is a great place to consider residential solar, let’s take a dive into what incentives drive homeowners in the Tar Heel State to go solar:
The three largest electric utilities in North Carolina are required to provide full retail rate net metering to their customers. This means that homeowners with solar can sell back their excess electricity at full value to generate credits for future month’s utility bills. All unused credits get transferred to these utility companies without compensation at the beginning of each summer.
Duke Energy offers homeowners $0.60/watt for systems up to 10 kilowatts, meaning that solar customers can save up to $6,000. This rebate is one of the best in the nation and has influenced many homeowners to make the switch to solar.
Solar system owners in North Carolina are eligible for a rebate on the cost of the building permit when installing solar.
By putting solar on a roof, the value of a home increases immediately. Unfortunately, this means that homeowners will experience an increase in property tax. Luckily, North Carolina allows 80% of this increase in home value to be exempt from property tax.
Less than 3% of the current U.S. population are enjoying the benefits & savings of solar energy. Our joy is knowing that our customers are saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. We want the same for you.
With the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) of 30% and local incentives, North Carolina residents are jumping at the chance to become a part of the renewable energy movement. We’re excited to help you throughout your solar journey and hope to help you make a positive impact on the environment while saving you thousands on your electricity bill!
It is our priority to help our customers become aware of how their current situation connects to solar. Start by reviewing some of our solar resources like the cost of going solar, the solar installation process, and more information about our team. You can also request a free solar quote and a solar consultation by filling out an application on our estimate your savings.
Our North Carolina customers will save between $15,000 and $30,000+ over a 25-year period depending on the size of their system and their current home energy use.
We’ll send a solar professional to your home to review your utility bills. Our solar analysts will quickly evaluate your bills and your roof to determine if you are qualified for maximum solar savings. If not, we won’t waste your time.
Blue Raven Solar customers deserve the best solar equipment, so we offer only one level of quality: top-of-the-line. Our solar arrays are built using only high-end black-on-black, monocrystalline silicon solar panels and Enphase microinverters. When going solar in North Carolina, you want high-quality productions at a low price. Going solar with Blue Raven means you get maximum value.
To make solar energy as dependable as the morning sun, we include a two-year productivity guarantee. Two years after solar panel installation, if our systems produce less than our original estimates, we update them with more panels free of charge. We provide professional installation, and solar equipment warranties to ensure that you experience worry-free solar power system ownership.
Designing a system to meet your daily energy needs and fit the available space is always a custom job. We use the latest satellite imagery and 3D modeling tools to get measurements and create a personalized analysis of your solar energy needs. And, we have the fastest installation times of any North Carolina company, driven by systems and smart solar technicians who know how to get the job done. Your solar project will NEVER “sit” in our pipeline.
From first consultation until flipping the switch on a working solar-energy system, we keep the process as simple and hassle-free as possible. Our field service teams handle building permits, inspections, and every stage of the installation process. You are committed to clean energy and protecting our environment with solar, so we are committed to making sure going solar is fast & easy.
We are local North Carolina solar company – local teams, local office, and local partnerships mean fast solar panel installation & net metering times, so you can begin saving with solar quickly!
In Charlotte, Raleigh, and beyond in towns like Zebulon, we work with your North Carolina city and county for quick solar permitting turnarounds. We will also make sure your home is prepped to pass required inspections and ready to quickly connect with local utilities.
Depending on your city, it can take between 6-12 weeks in North Carolina to get panels installed on your roof, followed by about 3-5 weeks to get interconnected with your utility to enjoy the benefits of net metering. The longest step is getting approved permits from your city. Rest assured we work with your city or county to expedite the permitting process so you can enjoy the benefits of going solar as soon as possible.
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BluePower Plus+™ combines the best aspects of a 3rd party owned solar lease (or PPA) with the superior return and flexibility of solar ownership.
With BluePower Plus+™ you will get 18 months of free solar power, transforming your utility bill into monthly savings you can count on.
SmartStart gives you the freedom to extend the 18 month promotion to 5 years! During that time you can pay off your solar if you’d like, or just enjoy your savings.
The customer experience sets Blue Raven Solar apart, and our team in North Carolina are some of the best.
Going solar is a process, and Blue Raven Solar makes sure that the homeowner is informed every step of the way. We work hard so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the savings. From sale to installation and energization, we’re working hard behind the scenes to keep the process moving along.
Before we begin installing your solar panels our North Carolina solar panel expert will set up an initial meeting at your home to ensure you are a good candidate for solar energy. Our solar energy expert will also check the electrical status of your home and condition of your roof. We examine the roofing type, the angle, shading on the roof, along with many other aspects, including your energy usage history, in order to make sure that your solar panel installation is as seamless as possible.
After we verify that your North Carolina home is good candidate for solar panel installation, our design team will work with you to create a maximum efficiency plan for your roof. We will be able to answer any questions that you may have about the solar panel installation process, solar tax credits, or our financing options, including our industry-leading BluePower Plus+. Once we decide which customized financing option is best for you and your family we will create and sign the solar panel installation agreement. We will also take care of all necessary permits.
Our primary goal will always be to take care of our customers. We started this company with the goal of making solar energy accessible and affordable for the average homeowner, and that’s exactly what we intend to do. We want to continue providing you (the customer), with energy that protects the environment, saves you money, and improves the value of your home.
Our mission is to make homeowners’ lives better by reducing their energy bills, by increasing their reliance on clean and abundant renewable energy, and by providing a world-class customer experience through a reliable sales process and a speedy, high-quality installation.
With over 10,000 5-star reviews, the customer experience sets Blue Raven Solar apart from the rest of the solar industry.
“Can’t compliment Blue Raven and the entire crew for installing our Solar Panels. They called before they arrived and explained everything throughout the install. Very professional and great attention to detail. Thank you!”
“So far it’s been a great experience with Blue Raven. The process has been smooth and the install was done in an excellent manner. We had the crew from Charlotte come up and would highly recommend them. Looking forward to getting energized and seeing our savings!”
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