Solar Panel Rebates & Incentives in Texas

One of the top questions people ask about solar panels in Texas is how much they cost. Solar panel systems are customized to fit your home, roof and energy consumption. If you are purchasing a system in Texas, there are several rebates and incentives to be aware of that can knock off a big chunk of the cost. A major factor in considering the cost of a solar panel system in Texas is the electricity consumption offset by the panels. So, the money you were paying every month to your electricity provider is being redirected back into your solar panels. Incentives and rebates can change, so be sure to check on current totals, amounts and programs with your city, the state of Texas and federal programs. Here are some you should know about. Solar Panel Federal Tax Credit This is probably the biggest and most widely-known solar panel incentive. It is not unique to Texas since it is a federal tax credit. It is also known as the investment tax credit (ITC). Basically, it allows … [Read more...]

Are Solar Panels Worth Having in Texas?

Residential solar power in Texas has grown in popularity as costs have been nearly cut in half over the last few years. Texas obviously is a great place to consider going solar. The Lone Star State gets a whole lot of sun, and temperatures regularly get into the 100s in the summer. Even in other seasons, the Texas sun is still shining high and bright. If you’re wondering if photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are worth it in Texas, consider these major benefits of going solar. Removing Yourself from the Rise in Electricity Costs The first benefit is that you’re capping yourself off from the rise in electricity costs. How much will electricity costs be in the next five, 10, 20 years? No one knows, but historically, costs have risen by roughly 3.5 percent annually. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association, electricity costs in Texas were around 10 cents per kWh in 2010, and have reached around 13 cents per kWh in 2017. So, generating your own electricity from solar … [Read more...]