Phoenix, AZ goes solar with SunPower®
Going solar in the Valley of the Sun
The state of solar power in Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ, ranks sixth in the nation for per capita solar installations, and third for total solar installations. That’s because, climate-wise, the city is right in the sweet spot for solar power generation in the U.S. An abundance of sunshine and solar power contributes to the high adoption rate of solar systems and, overall, make Phoenix one of the best places to go solar.
How much solar power does Phoenix, AZ produce?
Phoenix has 236.2 MW of installed solar capacity, which puts it ahead of all U.S. cities except Los Angeles and San Diego. Per capita, the city sits at 145.3 W per person.
Arizona also ranks well in third place among U.S. states with 3,913 MW of total solar installations. In addition to that, 6.62 percent of all electricity in Arizona is derived from solar sources. In the next five years, an additional 2,623 MW of new solar installations will connect to the grid, nearly doubling Arizona’s capacity.
Is solar feasible in Phoenix, AZ?
Very few states can match the amount of solar radiation and sun that Arizona receives. On average, the state sees 299 sunny days per year - nearly year-round sunshine - compared to the national average of 205 days.
Phoenix has more than 6.5 hours per square meter per day of solar radiation, depending on the index used. These values are in line with other top-ranked solar locations in the U.S. and ideal for optimal solar power production.
The only factor that negatively affects the growth of solar in Phoenix is a lack of local legislation and incentives for going solar. The climate, however, is perfect.
What legal considerations affect solar power in Phoenix, AZ?
Phoenix has experienced quite a bit of pushback from the local government when it comes to incentives and legislation for solar power. The state also has a tax for the use of net metering, making it less affordable for people to own a solar system and increasing payback times. Yet, the situation is not as gloomy as it seems at first glance.
Arizona offers a 25 percent reimbursement of the cost of solar equipment up to $1,000 via the Residental Arizona Solar Tax Credit. Solar sales and property tax exemptions are also offered. Finally, there is the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which offer up to 26 percent income tax credit for new solar installations.
How can I start using solar in Phoenix, AZ?
If you are in Phoenix, AZ, you’ve hit a solar jackpot! The city—and the state for that matter—rank favorably and are among the best places for solar power generation in the U.S. Whether you are a homeowner, business or homebuilder, SunPower has services and products to suit your needs. Request a free savings estimate to get started and find out how much you can save with SunPower® solar.
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