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Texas solar 101: must read before you buy solar panels

Last updated 05.27.22

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  • $2.02 / W Average gross price of a solar power system as of January 2023
  • 8 years Average system payback period
  • $57 436 Average savings from going solar in Texas
  • 6 ¢ / kWh Levelized cost of solar energy
  • 6.79 kW Recommended system size
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Daiga Ellaby
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Sep 19, 2022
I was choosing between a1solar and another store, the prices finally convinced me,
and I contacted A1. Everything was processed, packed and delivered to Fresno, CA
in under a week. We kept in contact during the installation and I got a few additional
parts from them. A1SolarStore deserves a solid five stars!
Michael Grubb
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Sep 7, 2022
I ordered some solar panels. The top 4 ones were damaged during delivery (A1 had emailed me in advance what to check for before I took delivery which I followed even though the truck driver was pushing not to inspect them as thouroughly) and A1 replaced them in a timely manner and kept me informed. The price on the panels were some of the best on the internet (delivered). I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
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Nov 27, 2021
Ordering online was easy.
Price was reasonable even with shipping added. Actually, it was the best I could find with the panels I wanted.
Customer service was beyond expectations. I received a phone call after the order to verify everything. The rep also went over receiving instructions. I got an email with recieving procedure. I got a follow up call the day before the panels were to be delivered. The day of delivery, the FedEx call also called. I got a follow call afterwards verifying everything was good.I had 8 350 watt panels shipped. They arrived via FedEx on a pallet. Recieving instructions said to not sign the recieving doc until I inspected everything. I am half paralyzed so I asked my neighbor ahead of time to help unpack the panels to inspect for physical damage. The FedEx guy dropped the pallet in my driveway and handed me the package list and then he very quickly left before I was able to inspect the panels. He said he did not need a signature. My mindset immidiately turned negative since fraud, burglary, murders, etc are now legal, encouraged, and even rewarded in the US. To my relief, the panels turned out to be in good shape.
I have had several different panels prior to ordering from A1 Solar. I am used to solar panels outputting 70% or less of the rated output.I hooked up one panel yesterday and I was getting over 85% at 9:30 AM in direct sun output which really suprised me. This number is what the charge controller reported while charging a 12 volt battery bank. My current project that these panels will be used for is my second offgrid system.
Next year after I have my house electrical panels rebuilt to allow for a whole house battery bank, I will be ordering another 7KWH in panels and I plan to order those from A1 Solar Store.
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Aug 12, 2021
Solar panels are great quality at a good price! Pick up was very easy!
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Solar laws, incentives and rebates in Texas you need to know

Save 30% of your PV system cost with Federal Solar Tax Credit

The US government wants more people to go solar: it’s a modern and green way of getting energy. This is why the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program was developed. It allows American citizens to claim 30% of the cost of their installation as an income tax deduction. The cost here is not only solar panels, but also shipping, installation expenses and more. For example, if your system overall made you spend $10,000, the government returns you $3,000. 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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