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  • $0.53/W Average gross price of a solar power system as of June 2022
  • 2 years Average system payback period
  • 65 751 / 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

The website UI is really intuitive and I figured out what I want pretty quickly. Went for Canadian Solar panels plus a solaredge inverter. I went to their fulfillment center to grab my order, and they were very quick to bring it out. The staff really made sure to warn me that panels are fragile and I appreciate that. Drove the package home safely, unpacked, all good. Right now we’re in the middle of the installation process, they sent a letter asking how I’m doing and asked for a review. Here I am! The panels are nice and it was a pleasure doing business with you.
Lime
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Apr 7, 2022
Fantastic company. Everything went smooth and the shipped was fast. The customer service was great.
Joe M.
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Apr 5, 2022
So I’m from LA and everybody’s going solar here so though that I should too. But I was really afraid it would be too much of a hassle. Eventually i went on google and soon found a1store. They got a pretty website and lots of articles on solar, and I flicked through a couple. So I decided to contact them, they were very friendly and we scheduled a call with their engineer. He was very patient with me and explained all the basics that I needed to know.

So i made an order, one of their centers is nearby, so i ordered pickup. I drove there, and they warned me to drive the panels carefully and pack them well for the road. seems like it's a recurring thing that people break their panels on the way home. I was real careful and yeah, I got home safely. Panels are in my garage now. I already found the installer. we have to take care of some papers and then it’s on!
Jerry Burton
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Mar 23, 2022
Great selection of high quality solar panels, good pricing, fast shipping, everything arrived in great condition.
Paul
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Mar 8, 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
I ordered some solar panels but during delivery, the top 4 were broken by the shipping department.

A1 replaced them and kept me informed when the replacements would be in. I would buy from them again.
Robert Broughton
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Nov 27, 2021

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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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