Its reputation as the Cowboy State might have something to do with the current "Wild West" status of the Wyoming solar industry, as there's not much in the way of endorsement or regulation from the state government. More likely than that is the fact that the state's primary industries revolve around mining fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
In other words, local utilities have a plentiful source of cheap raw materials to work with right now, which means they don't have much incentive to look for renewable sources of energy. However, if the state's population adopts a bit of foresight and sees the long-term benefits of renewable resources, that could change.
Nebraska and its Cornhuskers might geographically be in the middle of the country, but the state's solar policies and the political climate around renewable resources put it near the bottom of our list of pro-solar states.
Despite a lack of financial incentives though, Nebraska solar can still be financially profitable. At the same time you'll be helping the environment and reducing our dependency on fossil fuels!
We've run the numbers and researched what incentives are available (such as they are), the tax rebates you'll qualify for, and what policies Nebraska has in place -- as well as the many areas the state can improve -- if you're interested in going solar in Nebraska.
Maine is the most northeastern state in the continental U.S, and is a bit of an outlier when it comes to solar. However, for those living in there, Maine solar is still a great deal worthy of consideration.
Despite an aggressive renewable portfolio standard on paper, there is almost nothing in the way of incentives for residents outside of the federal tax credit.
Read on to discover how much profit you stand to make with Maine solar, and whether or not it makes sense for you in your current situation!
Residents of Big Sky Country often find themselves looking up at the beautiful night sky, but it turns out that the daytime sky is quite impressive for a different reason! Montana Solar may not be catching a lot of traction yet, but its flexibility in rural areas, coupled with a substantial return on investment, indicates that this form of energy could be an excellent choice for interested residents.
We'll take a look at just how much profit you could make in Montana and discuss all of the ins and outs of purchasing, local policies, and potential incentives. Let's see what we have to work with here!
Texas’ electricity infrastructure is quite an anomaly when compared to most states. Instead of one electricity company both generating the electricity and maintaining the equipment to get it to you (poles, wires, transformers, etc), Texas is a deregulated market.
As such, Texas residents can purchase electricity from any electricity generation company they choose, though one company (Oncor in Dallas) is responsible for maintaining the local electricity grid.
Deregulation was meant to lower electricity prices for customers by introducing competition into an industry that has historically been dominated by quasi-monopolies regulated by the state.
In Dallas, you can choose from dozens of electricity providers. Some provide the cheapest electricity possible, while others are more expensive but offer incentives or bonus programs. Some even sell 100% clean energy (Green Mountain Energy, for example).
All this is great, but what if you want to produce your own electricity by installing solar? In this unique market, what kind of return could you see and how much would it cost? Does Dallas or its utilities offer any special incentives for going solar?
Alaska might be "The Last Frontier" but it is definitely possible to tame the sunlight that pours into this state in the name of solar energy! Despite the seasonal weirdness with daylight hours, relatively low energy needs and high energy prices provide a decent environment for Alaska solar.
Sure, the local oil and gas industries won't be too fond of a movement in renewable energy, but what is better than saving the planet while living right next door to fossil fuel producers?
Read on to find out how you can make a profit by helping the environment in Alaska!
America's Dairyland might be known for its cows, cheese, and snow, but it is also a very nice place to be if you are interested in going solar! Wisconsin solar is very viable, thanks to rebates, credits, and other benefits.
Despite those long winters, relatively small energy needs coupled with excellent rebates and tax credits mean that you can pay off a system fast and start enjoying the benefits of solar very quickly. Depending on where you live, you might also get some benefits from your local utility.
Read on to see how you can make money by helping the environment in Wisconsin!
Despite having some terrible gaps in their overall solar policy, installing solar in Virginia is still quite a lucrative investment thanks to the state’s decent net metering policy and sunny southern skies.
Saving over $15k by going solar in Virginia isn’t difficult, but of course, you need to do your homework first. What incentives are available? What do you need to connect your system to the grid? How much can you save?
We’re here to help with all these questions! Below, you’ll find all the information you need to make an informed decision on Virginia solar: savings estimates, info on solar policy, and a rundown of all incentives available to Virginia homeowners going solar.
While the state hasn’t done much to help homeowners save money by installing solar, Arkansas solar can still be a financially rewarding investment.
The only real step the state has taken is to pass interconnection and net metering regulations (which are actually undergoing a major upheaval in 2017). However, with the federal tax credit and Arkansas’ sunny skies that are perfect for producing clean, renewable energy, you can still see a return on your investment while contributing to a healthier planet.
Read on for all the info you need to decide whether going solar in Arkansas is right for you, including savings estimates, relevant solar policies, and available incentives.
Overall, Delaware stands as a solid backdrop for residents interested in going solar. A relatively aggressive solar carve out means that utilities fight to add solar-producing homes to their network, and depending on where you live, there are some great opportunities to save.
Although The First State might not have the biggest and best incentives, it's a great place to start your journey with solar!