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2016 Policy

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Avg. Yearly Savings

$682

Congratulations! You've found the ultimate guide to going solar in Oklahoma

2016 Policy

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Avg. Savings/yr

$682

Welcome to the 2017 Oklahoma solar power rebate and incentive information page

Note: The numbers above are just estimates for a 5kW solar system, and your home is unique. The best way to know exactly how much money solar power can save you is to connect with one of our partners nearby. A friendly solar expert we trust will give you a buzz and help you craft a personal plan to get the absolute most out of a solar power system for your home. It's 100% free (yes, that’s right, 100% free) and you aren't obligated to buy anything.

Oklahoma, the Sooner state. With the Ozark mountains, Cypress swamps and Grand Lake, not to forget the plains and prairies, Oklahoma needs the sun to keep itself looking good. Solar power and other clean energies could keep the state’s cities and towns bustling while protecting the land and waters that bring life to the Sooners. The state legislature has not done much to promote renewable energy sources, but here’s a guide to what they’ve been working on.

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $4,000/kW! This is paired with the Oklahoma solar incentives you see below.

Your guide to going solar in Oklahoma

We've designed this page to be a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on a home in Oklahoma. Since there's a lot of important information to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

The Solar Strategy section is all about the various financial options you have in Oklahoma. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions about what you hope to get out of a solar purchase and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we give you a detailed picture of how each could work for you.

The Policy Information section contains all of our latest research on the rules set by the state legislature and public utilities commission that determines how easy it is to go solar in Oklahoma. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to whether you get paid retail or wholesale rates for the extra energy your system produces, and can have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section lists all of the available financial benefits available to homeowners who go solar. This section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions. If you're looking for what Oklahoma is doing to make solar more affordable for its citizens, you'll find it here.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

Your Solar Strategy in Oklahoma

Figuring out the best way to go solar in Oklahoma can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

Compare the Return of Different Solar Investments in Oklahoma

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan. That might look a little complicated to you, so let's break it down:

The green bars show the return if you pay up front. As you can see, there's a big payment in year 1, which gets slowly reduced over time. The green bars cross the "$0" line at year 16, which is when the system will have paid back your initial investment with electricity savings. Then, our example goes to year 25 (which is when most solar panel warranties end), where you'll end up with just about $11,000 in total profits. Not bad! That's because even though Oklahoma lacks incentives for solar, the difference is just about made up by how much sun the state gets.

The orange bars, on the other had, show what happens if you take a Home-Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to pay for the system. You don't put any money down, but you do get the 30% Federal tax credit, meaning you actually come out ahead in year 1. The bars dip below the $0 line, because your loan payments (over a 15-year term) will exceed your energy savings by a little each year. Still, in the end, you'll come out thousands of dollars ahead over the 25-year estimate.

Finally, the blue bars represent a similar HELOC scenario, but for a smaller solar system. The loan and savings will be smaller, but it's a great way to go solar, even of you don't have a lot of cash or equity. Usually this is where we'd show you the savings with a solar lease, but Oklahoma doesn't quite have the right financial mix for that yet.

There's still a lot to love about solar in the Panhandle State. Read on to find out more about each option!

 Buying Solar in Oklahoma

Paying up front used to be the only way to get panels on your roof, and it's still the option that allows you the most control. But it isn't the best option from a percentage return on investment standpoint—that award goes to the solar loan.

Still, an outright purchase returns the most money over time, because you own the system from day one and reap all the benefits—including a Federal solar tax credit of 30% of the costs and some decent energy bill savings.

In our example, you put down $20,000, but by the end of year 1, that tax credit and the energy savings will erase a bunch of it. Over 25 years, your system will have produced more than $10,000 in income.

Net Present Value: -$1,564

Net Present Value (NPV) measures how good of an investment something is, compared to the best alternative. We use a 6% return to evaluate all solar investments, and Oklahoma's -$1,564 NPV on a 5-kW solar system means you'd be that much better off investing your money in stocks over 25 years than paying up front for solar in Oklahoma. But check out what happens to NPV if you buy the same system with a loan that you can pay back over time.

Here’s how the numbers work for an Oklahoma solar purchase of a 5-kW rooftop solar system:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $20,000.
  • Since the Feds calculate their incentive based on out-of-pocket costs, no state rebate means more tax relief for you! You'll get $6,000 (30% of the cost) back as a tax credit. Note: you can take the credit over two years if you don't owe $6,000 in Federal taxes this year.
  • Next, subtract your first-year energy savings. That's another $683, and it brings the cost after 1 year to just $13,317. That's just two-thirds of where we started!
  • With those energy bill savings rolling in, your system will pay itself back after 16 years. Once that happens, you’ll be seeing moe than $1,000 per year in savings until the end of your system’s life.
  • When all is said and done, our 25-year estimate shows a total net profit of $10,772 with an internal rate of return of 4.8%. That's nearly as good as an investment in the market!
  • On top of those returns, your home's value just increased by just about $10,500, too (the NPV of your expected electricity savings over 20 years)!
  • And speaking of doing good for the environment... your system will create some green for the earth by not using electricity from fossil-fuels. In fact, the energy you’re not using has the carbon equivalent of planting 117 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Oklahoma. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

 Solar Loans in Oklahoma

This is where we tell you that taking a loan for solar panels is a no-brainer, because it means investing in an income-generating asset. And even though Oklahoma doens't have amazing rebates and tax breaks for solar, it's still true! That's because the state gets enough sun to make solar worthwhile, generating a good deal of income for you after you pay your loan off.

Here's the important stuff:

As you can see from the chart above, you'll start out with a big windfall, because with a loan, you're not putting any money down, and you get those tax credits just like if you paid $20,000 up front for your system. You'll come out ahead nearly $5,000 after the first year! In the 14 years that follow, your loan payments will actually cost a little more than the money you'll be saving in electricity, but just think of it like a monthly deposit into a savings account.

And that savings account will pay dividends after the loan is paid off in year 15. You'll be saving tons of money every year because you'll own the system outright. At the end of our 25-year example, you'll be $4,144 to the good, which is great for an investment where you put nothing down!

A solar purchase like this will make sense for you if the following is true about you and your current situation:

  • You can qulaify for a solar loan or home-equity line of credit (HELOC) for $20,000 with a fixed rate of 4% or lower and a 15-year repayment period.
  • You have an appetite for making a little money with a long-term investment, while also producing benefits for the environment.

Net Present Value: $63

Net Present Value (NPV) measures how good of an investment something is, compared to the best alternative. We use a 6% return to evaluate all solar investments, and Oklahoma's $63 NPV on a solar loan means an investmenr in solar here is about as good as a similr investment in the stock market. You can rest easy with an Oklahoma solar loan knowing you're doing right for your pocketbook at the same time as you're doing right by the planet!

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for an Oklahoma solar purchase with a loan:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $20,000. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it.
  • The electricity bill savings in the first year of operation will total $683, but your loan payments will be $1,775, for a difference of $1,092, or about $91 per month.
  • But here comes the Federal tax credit! Because you've technically "paid" for the system with your loan, you'll get a tax credit of 30% of system costs, or $6,000! That means you'll end up with an extra $4,907 at the end of the first year.
  • When your loan’s paid off after year 15, you’ll start to see over $1,000 per year in savings until the end of your system’s life.
  • For our 25-year estimate, you'll see pretty nice returns, to the tune of $4,144 after all the payments. That's a good amount of money for a zero-down investment!
  • Finally, the environmental benefits cannot be overstated. Operating your system will take as much carbon out of the air as planting 127 trees every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Oklahoma. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

 Small Rooftop Systems in Oklahoma

Let's say you don't have a ton of extra cash laying around, but you do have a bit of equity in your home. Can you get solar panels? YES! Is it a good idea in Oklahoma? Well... depends on why you're interested. Getting a small solar system in OK means you'll end up with just a little profit over 25 years, but you'll also help take a lot of carbon out of the air!

Here are the factors we'll look at for this example:

  • A 2-kW rooftop system that will cost around $9,600 installed.
  • A HELOC for that amount with a 10-year payback at 4% interest.

Net Present Value: -$1,182

Net Present Value (NPV) measures how good of an investment something is, compared to the best alternative. We use a 6% return to evaluate all solar investments, and Oklahoma's -$1,182 NPV on a small solar system means you'd be that much better off investing your money in stocks over 25 years than in solar here. So only get a 2-kW solar system in Oklahoma if the environmental benefits are worth that much to you.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for an Oklahoma solar purchase with a small rooftop solar system:

  • Installing a typical 2-kW solar system should cost about $9,600. Your loan should be for this amount.
  • You'll gain $281 iin electricity savings in the first year of operation, while your loan payments will cost $1,166. That's a net cost to you of $885, or about $74 per month.
  • But then, at the end of the year, the Federal government will give you a tax credit of 30% of the cost of your system. That's $2,880 that you won't owe this year. You can take the Federal credit over two years if you don't owe that much in taxes this year.
  • When your loan’s paid off after year 10, you’ll see upwards of $370 per year in savings until the end of your system’s life.
  • For our 25-year estimate, you'll end up with a small profit! We're talking $1,158 after 25 years, all without putting any money down. That should help your old, wiser self appreciate your young, forward-thinking self.
  • Your system will remove as much carbon from the air as planting 47 trees per year, which is a pretty great thing, we'd say.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Oklahoma. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Oklahoma Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Oklahoma:

RPS

15% by 2015 (voluntary)

Grade: D

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires utilities in the state to eventually source at least a certain percentage of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar panels.

Oklahoma has set a goal of 15% renewable energy by 2015. While that would ordinarily be an adequate first step for an RPS, Oklahoma’s RPS is entirely voluntary. There are no penalties or other sanctions for utility companies that do not meet the 15% goal.

Unfortunately, the pattern we’ve seen elsewhere is repeated in Oklahoma: a voluntary RPS simply is not enough to spark meaningful incentives for solar power. This voluntary status makes an otherwise respectable RPS seem pretty weak in comparison. Additionally, the program lacks a solar carve out. More on that next.

Oklahoma’s RPS is critical to strong renewable energy policy. Utility companies aren't really all that gung-ho about you producing your own power. After all, it costs them money when you use less of their electricity. They also don’t naturally want to give you big payments for energy you're feeding back into the grid. The main reason the utilities are aiding your transition to lower electric bills and offering you incentives to put solar on your roof is because the state forces them via compliance fees. For Oklahoma’s solar scene to really take off, they’ll need to drop the “voluntary” compliance and crack down on utilities if they don’t step up their solar game.

What's an RPS? Your state legislature paves the way for strong solar energy incentives to flourish by setting standards for renewable energy generation within their territories. Those standards are called the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). If utility companies do not meet these standards, they must pay alternative compliance fees directly to the state. Many utilities then determine the best ways to source their energy from renewable sources that are less expensive than this fee.

An RPS is a mandate that says "Hey utilities! Y'all now have to make a certain percentage of your electricity from renewable sources. If not, you'll have to pay us huge fines." The consequences are good, because utilities usually try to meet these RPS standards by creating solar power incentives for you, the homeowner. Read more about Renewable Portfolio Standards.

RPS solar carve out

None

Grade: F

As mentioned above, Oklahoma’s RPS lacks a solar carve out, or specified targets for solar production. If the RPS contained specific carve-outs for clean and efficient technologies like solar panels, or mandates for the environmentally necessary increases in distributed generation, you’d see even stronger incentives for residential solar power.

What's a solar set aside? A solar set aside guarantees a specific portion of the overall renewable energy mix generated comes from the sun. For those states with progressive standards, high alternative compliance payments, and clear solar carve outs, the faster those areas become ripe for solar.

Some states have higher alternative compliance fees than others, and some states have more progressive alternative energy standards and deadlines than others do.

For instance, New Jersey has an overall RPS of 22.5% by the year 2021. That requires local utilities to source 22.5% of their energy mix from renewable sources by the year 2021. Pretty good. However, New Jersey also has a specific solar set aside of 4.1% by 2028. That’s the type of firm commitment which really gets the industry rolling forward. No wonder why New Jersey is one of the hottest solar markets right now!

Oklahoma Electricity Prices

$0.10/kwh

Grade: D

Oklahoma homeowners pay an average of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity. That’s definitely on the lower end of the spectrum and well below the national average of 13 cents/kWh. We know you like paying less now, but the long term costs of cheap electricity are through the roof. All that cheap electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels -- tons and tons of earth-killing fossil fuels. When the astronomical environmental costs start to mount, monthly electricity bills are inevitably going to rise as well. When that happens you’re going to feel pretty darn smart for making the early switch to producing your own clean, efficient solar power.

Why are electricity prices so important? Because that is what solar power is directly competing against. The cost to produce power with solar is relatively constant (of course how much sun hits your area has an effect), so if you are paying $0.40 per watt for power, then you make FOUR TIMES AS MUCH as the guy or girl paying $0.10 per watt electricity.

The caveat here is that if the $0.10 per watt person has a HUGE rebate, they may be better off than the $0.40 per watt person. Because of that, states without any renewable standards tend to be heavily reliant on cheap coal for electricity, and also have very low electricity prices. When electricity prices are artificially low, that hinders the ability of solar energy to achieve meaningful payback in the state.

Oklahoma Net Metering

F

Grade: F

Net Metering requires your utility to monitor how much energy your solar power system produces and how much energy you actually consume to make sure you get credit for the surplus.

Oklahoma requires investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives to offer net metering to all customers. All systems up to 100kW are eligible; utilities are not allowed to require new liability insurance as a condition for interconnection. While that is pretty solid, overall Oklahoma’s net metering can’t get more than an “F” grade, because the utility companies are not actually required to purchase your excess electricity generation. Customers can request that their utility purchase excess generation, but the decision ultimately rests with the company, not the customer. That is the worst "net metering" law in the country.

What is net metering? Net metering is the billing arrangement where you can sell excess electricity back to your utility for equal the amount you are charged to consume it. The more customer friendly net metering policies, the higher the grade.

The grade here specifically reflects individual solar system capacity, caps on program capacity limits, restrictions on “rollover” of kWh from one month to the next (yep just like cell phone minutes), metering issues (like charges for new meters), Renewable Energy Credit (REC) ownership, eligible customers and technology (the more renewables the better), being able to aggregate meters across the property for net metering, and safe harbor provisions to protect customers from solar tariff changes.

Oklahoma Interconnection Rules

None

Generally a net metering program comes with statewide standards limiting the utilities’ discretion over interconnection standards and associated fees, potential insurance requirements, and redundant external disconnect switches. Because Oklahoma lacks statewide standards, those costs and requirements will vary from utility to utility. Don’t worry, though. The expert installers we partner with can answer all of those questions for you and then some.

Interconnection rules are a little technical, but they basically allow you to “plug in” to the electric grid with solar panels on your roof. The more complex, out of date, or nonsensical the state rules are for plugging into the grid, the lower the grade.

Specifically, the grade reflects what technologies are eligible, individual system capacity, removing interconnection process complexity for smaller systems, interconnection timelines and charges, engineering charges, prohibiting the requirement of unnecessary external disconnects, certification, spot interconnection vs. wide area interconnection, technical screens, friendliness of legalese, insurance requirements, dispute resolution, and rule coverage.

Solar Incentives in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Solar Power Rebates

None

Grade: F

Oklahoma currently lacks any sort of solar rebate programs. If the RPS set mandatory levels of renewable energy production, we can guarantee the utility companies would offer incentives to help you make the switch to solar. How do we know? It’s worked everywhere that a real RPS has been implemented. Get on it, Oklahoma!

How do solar rebates work? Similar to getting a rebate card from your local big box store for a dishwasher purchase, state legislatures also provide rebates for solar panel purchases to spur on investment and create new jobs. If you purchase the solar panel system yourself, you qualify for this free cash, which many times is a lump payment back to you. Some solar installers like to take this amount directly off the total installed price, and they'll handle the paperwork for you to make things a lot less complex.

The availability of state and utility rebates were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. The better the rebates, the higher the grade.

Oklahoma Solar Power Tax Credits

None

Grade: F

The legislature isn’t picking up the slack here either; there are no tax credits for installing a solar power system here.

Luckily, you will still benefit from the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit. There's no cap on the federal tax credit and fortunately for Oklahoma, having no state rebate to deduct means a larger tax credit coming your way. Sample calculations follow below -- keep scrolling!

About state solar tax credits: State tax credits are not technically free money. However, they are 'credits' and not 'deductions' which means that if you have the tax appetite to take advantage of them, then they can be a 1-to-1 dollar amount off your taxes instead of a fraction of the cost of the system. So that means they can be an important factor to consider. In certain circumstances, state tax credits can provide a very powerful incentive for people to go solar.

(Keep in mind, we are not tax professionals and give no tax advice so please consult a professional before acting on anything we say related to taxes)

The availability of personal tax credits for solar energy were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. The higher the tax credit amount, the higher the grade.

Solar Power Performance Payments

None

Grade: F

Oklahoma also lacks any utility solar power performance payments. Again, this can be blamed on the voluntary RPS. Mandatory RPS = better solar incentives.

Explanation of performance payments: Performance payments represent a big chunk of the financial rationale for going solar, and in many instances they make your decision a wise one. For certain states, if you’ve got solar panels on your roof, not only will you be cutting your electric bill down to size, but you'll be getting paid additional cash from your utility company. Pretty awesome, huh? Not only are you generating electricity for yourself, freezing your own popsicles with sun, and feeling like you’re doing something smart for your children or any of the other 4 reasons people go solar, but you are getting PAID!

Utility companies are paying people with solar panels on their roofs because their states say they have to, otherwise they will pay a fee. Therefore, the payment amount to homeowners is typically a little bit less than the amount they would be billed for by the state. For states with these alternative compliance fees, Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) exchanges have popped up. In the above chart, we outlined an estimate of yearly payments a homeowner might expect from the utility company for the SREC credits from their solar energy system.

Expected SREC payments were calculated by using the latest trade values in the SRECtrade database. The availability of feed-in tariffs were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. The higher the expected monthly payments, the higher the grade.

If you don’t know what an SREC is, or how they work, check out this great SREC video

Property Tax Exemption

None

Grade: F

Tax exemptions are a simple, straightforward, and effective way to promote solar power. A property tax exemption would exempt you from paying taxes on the more than $15,000 in property value that installing a solar power system will add to your home -- all without ever actually removing a dime from the state’s bank account! That sounds like a win-win to us. Unfortunately, state lawmakers have yet to see the light (no pun intended), leaving Oklahoma with no property tax exemption.

About solar property tax exemptions: Property tax exemption status is a pretty big factor when putting together your investment considerations. Many argue that solar power adds approximately 20 times your annual electricity bill savings (if you are owning the system and not leasing. Leasing still has a positive impact on the ability to sell your home though, in our opinion).

For many average-sized solar power systems on a house, that can mean $20,000 to your home value. (Edit April, 2014: Some companies, like Solar Mosaic, are starting to offer traditional style equity-based home loans for such a thing). An additional $20,000 in property tax basis in many states amounts to a big chunk of change owed back to the state. However, many states have complete exemptions from added taxes when you install solar on your home!

The availability of a property tax exemption for solar energy was also sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. The stronger the tax exemption, the higher the grade.

Sales Tax Exemption

None

Grade: F

Likewise, a sales tax exemption would save you between 4.5% and 8.5% on your initial investment, depending on where in the state you live. This would cost the state nothing, but again -- no such luck. Oklahoma still lacks a sales tax exemption on renewable projects of any kind.

What's the deal with solar power sales tax exemptions? When states give you a sales tax break on solar, we notice. You should too. State sales tax exemption status for the purchase of solar energy systems were sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency. Sales tax exemptions, if present, were all 100%. A handful of states are completely exempt from sales tax regardless, and therefore received ‘A’ grades by default (OR, DE, MT, AK, and NH).

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The consensus on Oklahoma solar power rebates and incentives

Located in America’s wind tunnel, Oklahoma has made remarkable progress in the development of wind power, boasting six of the largest wind farms in the country. That may be more the result of efforts by its two largest power providers than state legislators, however. Oklahoma Gas & Electric now has a total wind capacity of over 800 MW, comprising 12% of their total energy generation. Interestingly, green pricing customers are now buying wind power at about the same rate as electricity from traditional sources.

However, Oklahoma will have to do some serious work promoting solar power and other clean energy sources to be considered an environmentally responsible state in the 21st century. It looks like exciting policy changes may be on the way, however, as grassroots movements begin demanding better solar policy. If Oklahoma really wants to make a change in its energy market, the legislature needs some renewal; vote in some lawmakers who care about the Sooner State.

Again, if you are confused about how these numbers work and would like some personalized assistance or a quote of your own, simply check our installing solar panels page and contact one of our assistant. They’ll help sort out all the pricing, get you access to special deals, and they’re super friendly to boot!

48 thoughts on “Oklahoma Solar Power for your house – rebates, tax credits, savings

  1. Sherman Linn says:

    I own home, no loan. Some one interested in making a sale, phone number is 918 232 5588 . call me!!!!!

  2. Sherman Linn says:

    I own my home, no loan outstanding. I would like to talk to a solar rep that is interested

  3. Parker says:

    I was interested in using solar energy in a Bussiness office in Elgin, OK and am in the early stages of building construction. I was wanting to know the overal amount of potential tax savings and the overal pros and cons and thoughts on doing this as I am uneducated about solar powe installation and use. Thanks.

  4. Rex Reynolds says:

    I also am not interested in having government involvement in home power generation in the form of incentives; but, I do believe that it is appropriate to have policies for interconnection and utility company buy-back. For small home generation, I believe it would be fair to require a utility to buy back from a connected home generation system at a wholesalerate while charging for electricity used at the retail rate. This should compensate the utility adequately for infrastructure costs.

  5. Jim says:

    Why do more people not build earth burmed houses in Oklahoma. Talk about cutting energy cost, and security in tornado alley. You really can’t do underground at a reasonable cost but you can certainly earth burm.

  6. Steve says:

    I’m in my 7th year in the solar business – making a nice six figure income and paying taxes in my home state of NJ. Blame you legislators if you are un or under employed because solar jobs CANNOT be outsourced. There are now 220,000 people employed by the solar industry, 2.5 times the number employed by big coal. If you want good clean jobs, a rising tax base and increased home values, change your state’s solar legislation policies before the oil & gas bust drives your state into bankruptcy.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Not only does Oklahoma not support solar energy, they are actually trying to make a LAW that levels the playing field for the poor electric companies that buy back electric from those bleeding heart, heathen, hippie, tree huggers.

  8. Dennis Chastain says:

    I think that solar should compete with out any help from the government. Please keep the government out of my business.

    1. Dave Llorens says:

      I also like the government out of my business, but even coal needed subsidies to replace wood. Takes that to get it off the ground otherwise it never starts, even if it’s better.

  9. Rob says:

    Here is a copy of the email we sent to people listed here as influential:

    Sirs,
    We have a 1.9KW solar grid-tie system that is completely set up and ready to go, but the insurance requirement from our utility, IEC, is prohibitive. It cost more for the insurance than the amount of power that we will produce! They are making it impossible to use a small grid-tie system without losing money. Is it possible to get some help getting this insurance requirement changed? It is the antithesis of “green” and furthermore, several utilities do NOT require it; some have even taken the requirement off. Running out of hope here; our system is ready to plug in but we can’t use it, and we know of others in the same position.
    Can you help?

    Sincerely,

    Lloyd and Rob (cavemaker@yahoo.com moigboi2@gmail.com)

  10. RB says:

    I was looking at this Grid Tied 5.9kw system for about $14k shipped before tax credits. Looks like a nice unit, just need to get the details down for installation. This system would generate 10685kw gross over the year (based on OK 5.59 Daily Hour output of sun). The $35k example up top is a 5k system (this one is a 5.9k). Am I to assume that there is almost 20 grand in installation costs ?

  11. Unknown says:

    What about biomass renewable energy in Oklahoma? Even using Cofiring on all the coal plants in oklahoma even if biomass would be 3% percent of cofire at least it is a start.

  12. bert says:

    Has there been any update to this post since its update in 2009? Are we still in the same place with regard to incentives?

    1. Dan Hahn says:

      Bert,

      Our report is coming in the next few weeks with a state by state update. Stay tuned.

  13. Kevin says:

    Steven – your comment does not make much sense. Owning a BMW will not do anything for reducing the strain on the grid – or reduce oil consumption for that matter. Whereas having multiple households and businesses on solar/wind energy will reduce the strain on the grid – and will also reduce coal consumption/emissions tremendously. Given our local and federal governments commitments to reduce our emissions – it would make snese to offer incentives at both a state and federal level.

  14. Steven says:

    If I could get someone else to pay for 70% of a car I could get a new BMW…
    Solar systems aren’t cheap so it isn’t popular. Same reason Tesla’s aren’t crowding the streets. Not the “lobbyist’s” fault, just how it is going to be for a while.

  15. We are currently starting a Solar program at our school, High Plains Technology Center, in Woodward, OK. We will start doing programs for PV systems as well as Solar Thermal and also maybe a sales class every so often.

    If you are interested in finding more out please contact me at tburnett@hptc.net or 580-571-6125.

    P.S. We are doing a “Solar Open House” on Feb 14th from 10-2 on our campus if you would like to attend. We hope to help spread the word of Solar in the state of OK.

  16. Richard Frank says:

    I am retired on Social Security and would like to build an economical system but don’t have a clue about getting started. Any help will be appreciated.

  17. John says:

    I’m currently visiting some friends in Germany. Almost every house here has solar panels that heat water which is then used in a radiant heating system, mounted on the wall of each room. The ones in the bathrooms are sectioned into bars which provide heated towels for showers, too cool! The systems are effecient, fool proof and reliable. Yes they are ugly, both on the roof and on the wall, but they’re like a grandfather clock when it chimes, you get used to it. (I have three chiming clocks, I know) I’ve asked if there are government incentives and there doesn’t seem to be, but every house has it. They also don’t have any air-conditioning and don’t understand why we are so married to it, but I can’t sympathize with that mindset, I like my AC. They also don’t use ice or undcarbonated water, so they’re not right about everything! But they are so far ahead of the US in solar and wind energy production, it’s like we’re not even on the same planet!!

  18. Steve Humphries says:

    A workable solar power system can be installed for around $10,000. I live in Rock Island, Oklahoma and have had a solar powered home since 1999. I spent much more trying different types of systems and inverters. I have tried for years to get our legislature to develop an interest in alternative energy. They all seem interested in hearing about it but they just expect us to do it all on our own. The 30% Federal credit does help. After 10 years of solar power I definately know its limitations. I want some type of thermal electric system to compliment the solar during the grey winter days. We all have to heat our homes in winter so we may as well be making our own electricty while we stay warm.

  19. Sharolyn Johnson says:

    We have a large solar panel on our house that was once hooked up to hot water heater but has not been in use for years. We’d like to get it removed. Know anyone we could contact for removal?

  20. shane says:

    The state will not pass any laws that reduce the tax revinue from natual gas that make up 15% of the state income it is that simple

  21. mike says:

    me and my wife are going to move to the farm her grandmother left her,and i was looking for way to hook-up a solar battery inverter system just in case power goes out during storms.does anyone have a simple solution??????????? mike

  22. Having installed a solar PV system on the roof of my house when we did have Oklahoma tax credits (in the ’80’s), I know that it is within the capabilities of electrically knowledgeable people. New building integrated PV products from Uni-Solar (a U.S. company) make that even easier.

  23. Royce says:

    I would be interested in teaming to build a Solar Thermal/Electric system for residential use. The system would potentially use a flat panel collector to heat a gas (refrigerant). The gas would generate electricity via a turboexpander to turn a permanent magnet alternator. Cooling would be provided using water with the heated water supplying the home.

    This is not really a new concept as 80% of all power today uses the Rankie Cycle and geo-thermal plants use this exact setup. What would be new is the sizing of the system. A small 4kwh system could supply most all of a homes electric and water heating needs. My current research suggests that such a system could be built for less than $10,000.

    If interested my e-mail is royce.jones1@gmail.com and I live in the Yukon area.

  24. Glenn says:

    any hands on tech schools available in oklahoma for solar?
    gdc54@hughes.net

  25. Glenn says:

    I would like to know if there are any schools that offer hands on training for installing solar panels or to start a business in solar panel instalation?

  26. preston says:

    Anyone know of a good school to attend in the Oklahoma Texas area that the GI Bill will cover. I am a Vet looking to get into the solar energy field and can’t find out where to go. I want a hands on school with all the things I need to be legal to install and service. Thanks let me know prestonp83@yahoo.com.

  27. DILLON says:

    IT APPEARS THAT IT IS ONLY 1955 IN OKLAHOMA LETS GET SOMETHING DONE ENERGY-WISE

  28. Green Machine says:

    I don’t think it’s any secret why the state of Oklahoma is pushing the huge wind farms. Simply put, the wind farms are built and the power is sold by the BIG electric companies and distributed by middle men such as local cooperatives or city governments then sold to the people with an added tax and marked up pricing that goes to the local and state government. If you wanna do a little research you will find that many cities purchase this power and sell it to citizens. They also add a huge mark up to the price and tax it. By the time the electric makes it to your home you will pay the producer (P.S.O. or Western Farmers), the “electric company” or city government and a hefty tax.
    The state don’t want to “push” solar or wind power produced by the home owner because they won’t get their cut of the taxes. The local governments and cooperatives don’t wanna push it because they are affraid it will run them out of business and keep them from padding their walletts.
    Please research your local electric cooperatives. I have done a little research myself. In Lindsay, Oklahoma you will find that the Ex-C.E.O., Mike Treadwell, has been accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollors from Rural Electric Cooperative. Long story short. It appears that the board members tried to hide it for years. Maybe they were affraid the customers would find out how much extra cash they have laying around?????????????

  29. Randy Hise says:

    I love this idea. I live in Talihina Oklahoma and have never seen a solar panel or wind power anything. I have wanted to go green for along time but could not afford it. I other states can do it we should be able too. I would solar or wind power in a heart beet if i only had a little help with it. people dont understand or they just dont care what we are doing to our planet. the man at our local nersery said something the other day that hit me pretty hard. I was asking questions about trees for my yard because i could not decide what kind to get. the man asked me did I want to plant them for myself or did i want to plant them for my grand childern. think about that a minute. I think to many people think of themselves befor they think of this wonderful planet we live on. we need to take care of her and befor it is to late!!!

  30. Dan Hahn says:

    Good for you Jeff! We’re fully behind you! (Let us know if anything comes of integrating the chicken poop into your energy portfolio, that would make for a unique story)

  31. Jeff says:

    Let me clue you all in. It’s black, liquid and what the state was made on…(give up)…OIL and Natural Gas. Why would a state that evolved on OIL/NG want to support any other energy (even though it is the correct thing to do)? What we need to do as a community is go ahead with Green Technology and hit them where it hurts (pocket book). Whether we start using solar, wind, or chicken poop as a energy it will hurt the oil industry. Aside from cars, energy companies are the largest users of fossil fuel. I am going to look at designing a wind turbine and solar water heating in our new house (and still stay within HOA covenant). (By the way, I grew up in family that worked for Phillips Petroleum and my wife works for an oil company…talk about ruffling feathers)!!!

  32. marty says:

    leigh thier is alot of information on youtube. On how to make a windmill and it is all FREE not sure about you old system but ive used youtube for alot of information on this subject

  33. Leigh says:

    I’ve been exploring the possibility of building a windmill to power my house. In my research, I have seen so many do-it-yourself books and even free downloadable plans for windmills. Many of these mention using the combination of wind/solar power. I have solar panels on my roof already that are not being used. The prior owners originally had solar power hooked up to their water heater, but disconnected it for some reason. Does anyone know if I might be able to use the existing solar panels to combine with a windmill? Who would I contace to check out the solar panel to see if it is in working order? Thanks!

  34. joe says:

    if you want something to change send a email to the OKLAHOMA SENATE
    STAFF CONTACTS

    Randy Dowell (405) 521-5769 dowell@oksenate.gov
    Director, Fiscal Staff
    State Budget

    Laurie Houser (405) 521-5772 houser@oksenate.gov
    Asst. Director, Support Services
    Editing
    Compiling
    Graphics

    Lori Block (405) 521-5773 block@oksenate.gov
    Appropriations Attorney
    Editing

    Kim Montgomery (405) 521-5765 montgomery@oksenate.gov
    Legislative Analyst
    Education

    Jason Deal (405) 521-5766 deal@oksenate.gov
    Fiscal Analyst
    State Personnel Issues
    Transportation

    Amy Dunaway (405) 521-5775 dunaway@oksenate.gov
    Fiscal Analyst
    Agriculture
    Energy and Environment
    State Economy and Demographics
    Tourism

    Alicia Emerson (405) 521-5715 emerson@oksenate.gov
    Legislative Analyst
    State Personnel Issues

    Amanda Ewing (405) 530-5384 ewing@oksenate.gov
    Fiscal Analyst
    Human Services

    Jeremy Geren (405) 521-5689 geren@oksenate.gov
    Fiscal Analyst
    Education

    Joanie Raff (405) 521-5677 raff@oksenate.gov
    Legislative Analyst
    Oklahoma Taxes

    Anthony Sammons (405) 521-5696 sammons@oksenate.gov
    Fiscal Analyst
    Health and Social Services

    Sean Wallace (405) 521-5619 wallace@oksenate.gov
    Fiscal Analyst
    Public Safety and Corrections

  35. IbetYouSmokeToo says:

    I have lived in Oklahoma City for 27 plus years now. During this time one thing has been crystal clear, our state legislature and senate rep James Inhofe are against anything that doesn’t use/ consume oil. As long as he wins his senate seat it will be more of the same. Interesting that he wins by so large a margin, says a lot about the people that live here. I have been very interested in a solar/wind system but the cost is still too high. Without any state rebates/ incentives in the next few years I will move out of state, it’s that simple. My tax dollars can go to a forward looking state, one that cares about the future. It’s a shame but it really comes down to what matters to me and my family. I walk my dog several times a day and am so tired of sucking down the toxic crap that comes out of internal combustion vehicles, not to mention what is happening globally. I own a Prius and would have purchased an all electric if one were available, good job GM! Oklahoma was built on oil and so too will it be the end of it. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope the new administration and Pikens can make that much needed change in Oklahoma.

  36. McGreen says:

    We would like to retire around Normanin 5 years. The Sooner state is well positioned to exploit wind and solar energy – does anyone know of communities pooling resources to get a windmill to power a club house for example?

    We’ve picked the builder we like and keep agitating about solar/wind mills… Muirfield homes are real pretty.

  37. Michael L. Delaney says:

    I have been researhing mostly home built electric cycles, boats and cars. In my research I have found a lot of DIY information for home wind energy systems. I believe that this can be done for some several thousands of dollars and not with a highly over inflated system from resellers. Is there anyone else out there working on this? I would like to collaborate on ideas and designs and get this running for my small rural community east or Norman, OK. Waiting for our fossil fuel and Insurance corporate owned government of Oklahoma to help us out is a waste of time.

  38. Frank Gilley says:

    I hate to point this out, but Louisiana offers 50%, and you can double-dip on a larger system, say 7.2KW.
    My parents live in Oklahoma and I wish they could get this.

  39. Mac McManus says:

    Moved here from Maine a year ago and I never realized that this state was so backwards when it comes to green power. Could it be they’re worried it might drop the price of fossil fuels? Seriously, people here could take advantage of all this sun if there were even token incentives. It also would make it look like the state has a clue!

  40. Michael Spirgis says:

    The State of Oklahoma is so wrapped up n partisan politics and political one-upsmanship, that when one party has what is an exceptional idea, the other party shoots it down to preempt bragging rights. Of course, that generates negative press, but both parties are used to that and the public hears so much of it that they are almost virtually immune.
    Construction incentives and mandatory buy-backs should be instituted nationwide, and be the norm instead of the exception. With all its talk about “…leading the way into the 21st century”, the powers-that-be in Oklahoma are still more worried about themselves than they are about their constituency.

  41. Phil Rhoades says:

    Once again, no one steps forward. Have been watching Mr. Pickens commercials, and am quite hopeful that he might actually try to do something. However, the reality is there will be very few people at the State Capitol who will actually make this decision, but of course it will affect many. I would really like to put by carbon footprint up their —, where collective their head is.

  42. Thomas Anders says:

    If I could get a 40% credit on construction and material cost I would have a 10kw Bergey wind turbine made by oklahomans and installed by oklahomans tommarow. this would completely power my home with green energy.

    1. Johnny says:

      Thomas first you have to learn how to spell…start with tommarow.. Oklahoma educated..

  43. Mr. Oak says:

    I don’t understand why they won’t pass the legislation that would make the power companies pay us for pumping energy into their system. Negative Net Metering reimbursements could add a lot of incentive here.

    Maybe with the new Green popularity, we can get one of those tight,,,un,,, never mind. One of those legislators to again get a green tax break in the works. If I’m going to invest 45K in a nice alternative system, I could do it OK, if the legislation became a reality on that 40% helping hand on materials and construction costs they were talking about.

    Here is the information. Maybe a email writing campaine would help?

    Mr. Oak

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