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  • $0.59/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of October 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 65 452 / year Average savings from going solar in Texas
  • 3 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.26 kW Recommended system size
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What our happy customers say

Hi all, i wanted to share my experience of buying from a1solar. I needed panels for my yacht. I wanted to have only 3, but they have a minimum order size for delivery so I opted for pickup. It was good. It went smoothly. I appreciate the split payment that they offer. I basically went to the center, grabbed the panels, loaded ‘em in the truck and drove them home (gotta do it carefully though!). Nice guys too. peace, Carl
Caarl Arlac
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Oct 2, 2022
I did business with A1 about half a year ago (it’s september 22 atm) when I needed panels for my home in Phoenix. I took Panasonic, if anyone’s wondering. The system’s doing great, and I think I got really lucky with my installer and the shop as well. If I recall correctly, my order was indeed processed in 24h as promised, delivery took a bit longer than expected but it wasn’t a big deal, these were busy days for fedex. panels were in good shape. I myself checked them thoroughly.
Ryden R
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Sep 25, 2022
I like this company. Good service 👍
Daiga Ellaby
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Sep 19, 2022
i read too much about the broken panels and decided to go with the pickup option. Loved the experience overall. One of their centers was nearby, so I ordered some q cells for myself and drove there. They explained in detail how to drive the package home safely so I was really careful and yeah, now they are in my garage, waiting to be installed. Can’t really complain about anything, panels are fine, the service was cool, and the delivery was on me lol
loken
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Sep 19, 2022
So I did order a system, and everything arrived on time, and yes, one panel was broken. But you know what? I’m still going to give them 5 stars. Because 1) they warned me about the possibility of this happening and told me what to do in this case; 2) when I contacted them about it, they handled the situation professionally. I sent them all that they asked for and got a replacement relatively quickly. If it’s anyone’s fault that panels break, then it is the carrier's one. My impression: good service, great prices, commendable customer support.
Will Ghost
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Sep 14, 2022
I needed just a couple of panels for the boat, but the staff treated me like I was buying the whole warehouse. I decided to pick the order up myself, their center was within reach. Getting my panels and a Magnum inverter was easier than going for groceries. There is a lot of hard work behind this simplicity. This I know from experience
Filip Scot
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Sep 11, 2022

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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Texas you need to know

Return 26% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows homeowners to claim 26% of the cost of their solar power system installed until 2022 as an income tax deduction. For example, if your solar system costs $20,000, you are eligible for $5,200 (26% of the total gross cost) in tax credit. Solar system cost comprises not only the money spent on solar equipment, but also freight shipping costs, professional installer fees, tools bought or rented and so on. To claim the ITC, complete all the necessary forms and submit them when filing your taxes.

Sell excess electricity with Net Metering Program

Net Metering allows residential solar owners to put the excess electricity onto the utility grid instead of storing it with batteries. When you sell your solar power to the grid, you receive an electricity bill reduction according to the rate you currently pay for power. For every kWh you contribute to the grid, you get one kWh off of your next utility bill. Although Texas doesn’t have a statewide net metering program, there are many utility companies that offer this opportunity. Here are some of them:

Save additional $300 to $1,000 a year trading RECs

Renewable Energy Credits are certificates granted to any person or entity upon generation of each MWh of clean electricity. Unlike with Net Metering, you don’t need to sell any electricity to get credits. The value of RECs is always changing, which makes them similar to stock market assets. Based on the available data, selling RECs could mean anywhere from $300 to $1,000 annually for a 10 kW solar system. To participate, first you may want to contact the Public Utility Commission for relevant details. After that, you can create a REC account with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to begin storing and selling your credits.

Save up to $3,000 with solar rebate programs

Texas doesn’t have an initiative encompassing the whole state. However, some local authorities and utility companies provide homeowners with nice rebates:

  • Austin Energy offers a $2,500 rebate after completion of their free educational course. It is available online and a short quiz will be offered upon its completion. With this course the company intends to help its customers make an informed choice about solar power.
  • CPS Energy will pay its customers the same amount – $2,500, but the company is giving a $500 premium to those who opt for local PV modules like Mission Solar. To participate, a customer should first complete the application form and submit it to the company’s email specified in the form’s header.

Freeze your property tax with Renewable Energy Source Exemption

A solar PV system installed in a home increases its value by about 4%, says a 2019 Zillow report. This would mean higher property taxes in other states, but not in Texas. According to the Texas Tax Code, 100% of the real property value increase that occurs as a result of a solar PV system installation should be ignored.

Install your solar panels in Texas with no worries

It is legal to install solar panels on your house. What’s more, this right is protected by law in Texas. The law states that nobody, including homeowner associations, can prohibit or restrict the installation of solar devices. If your HOA imposes any restrictions, they must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied to all association members. These restrictions must not affect the performance or increase the cost of a solar system.

Something you should remember:

  • You don't need to get any approval from your HOA to install a solar system in Texas.
  • HOAs are legally allowed to instruct you where and how to install PV modules. According to the law, they can implement restrictions if your equipment threatens public safety, extends beyond or above the roofline or doesn’t conform to the slope of the roof.
  • Your homeowner association might also come to inspect the installation process to make sure you make the most of the solar panels.
  • There may be height restrictions in some places in Texas that forbid solar system installation. For example, tall buildings near airports will have different installation laws when it comes to using solar panels.
  • Any requirements forcing you to hide the system from view will generally violate the law.

Solar panels help Texans survive hurricanes

Texas is one of the most hurricane-prone states in the US. Severe storms bring damage and devastation, cutting people off the utility grid for days. Solar panels are able to withstand most hurricanes, but in the 2021 winter storm in Texas, that took the lives of 151 people and left 4.5 million homes and enterprises without power, the renewable sources of energy got a big part of the blame for the outages. The hard data tells another story: during one of the harshest days of the power crisis, thermal generation dropped by a whopping 45%, wind output dropped by about 13%, but solar installations produced even more energy than expected. Solar panels are friends that will weather any storm with you!

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