North Dakotan electricity prices average $0.12/kWh, down from last year and below the national average of $0.14/kWh.
The average cost of a 5.5kW (equivalent to saving approximately 100 trees a year) solar power system starts around $12,000 in North Dakota. That system would pay for itself through energy savings within 5.5-7 years. System life can span well over 25 years, and savings will improve with inflation.
There are not many rooftop solar power systems in the state of North Dakota, and there is just one utility-scale solar power plant. The state does offer net metering on photovoltaic systems up to 100kW in size, with utilities required to write a homeowner a check if they net generate electrical power. However, that compensation will not be at the retail rate.
Your solar power system can still pay for itself in 7 years - even if you don't save even more money by making the installation a DIY project. Despite its high latitude North Dakota is ranked 13th in the nation for annual sunlight hours. The University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University are both famous for building solar race cars.
Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/
|Name||Implementing Sector||Program Type||Administrator||DSIRE ID|
|Solar Easements||State||Solar/Wind Access Policy||1|
|Net Metering||State||Net Metering||285|
|Biodiesel Production Equipment Tax Credits||State||Corporate Tax Credit||969|
|State Facility Energy Improvement Program||State||Grant Program||North Dakota Department of Commerce||1228|
|Renewable and Recycled Energy Objective||State||Renewables Portfolio Standard||2697|
|Wind Easements||State||Solar/Wind Access Policy||3981|
|Cavalier Rural Electric Coop - Bright Energy Solutions||Other||Energy Analysis||Cavalier Rural Electric Coop||18613|
|Otter Tail Power Company - Rate Analysis and Research Assistance||Utility||Energy Analysis||Otter Tail Power Company||21585|
|Otter Tail Power Company - PowerProfiler||Utility||Energy Analysis||Otter Tail Power Company||21586|
|Missouri River Energy Services - Bright Energy Solutions||Other||Energy Analysis||Missouri River Energy Services||21695|
|Xcel Energy - Energy Design Assistance||Utility||Energy Analysis||Xcel Energy||21724|
|Xcel Energy - Online Energy Assessment||Utility||Energy Analysis||Xcel Energy||21725|
|Xcel Energy - Refrigeration Recommissioning||Utility||Energy Analysis||Xcel Energy||21736|
|Xcel Energy - Small Business Lighting||Utility||Energy Analysis||21739|
|Xcel Energy - Business Energy Advisor||Utility||Energy Analysis||Xcel Energy||21740|
|Xcel Energy - Business Solutions||Utility||Energy Analysis||Xcel Energy||21753|
|Xcel Energy - Energy At Risk Financial Analysis Tool||Utility||Energy Analysis||Xcel Energy||21759|
|Xcel Energy - Energy Management Systems||Utility||Energy Analysis||Xcel Energy||21765|
|Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) - Energy Consulting||Non-Profit||Energy Analysis||Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin)||21833|
|Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) - Back of the Envelope Calculator||Non-Profit||Energy Analysis||Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin)||21834|
|Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - Midwest Industrial Initiative||Non-Profit||Energy Analysis||Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance||21843|
|Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - Building Operator Certification||Non-Profit||Training and Information||Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance||21844|
|Constellation - Integrated Energy Strategies for Your Business||Utility||Other||Constellation||21957|
|Otter Tail Power Company - Energy Control||Utility||Other||Otter Tail Power Company||21958|