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Go Solar in Texas!

Numerous utilities such as AEP (American Electric Power) currently provide solar rebate programs for interested homeowners. Likewise, the state is expanding it solar energy capacity through projects such as the OCI Solar Power’s Alamo 1 Solar Farm. Alamo is a 400MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant being constructed at different locations in San Antonio, Texas. The solar farm is being developed through a public-private partnership between OCI Solar Power and state-owned CPS Energy. and is being constructed in multiple phases comprising of seven individual PV power stations. Construction of the first phase, Alamo 1, started in February 2013 and was completed in December 2013. Construction on subsequent phases, once completed, will have an installed capacity of approximately 100MW each. The electricity generated from the new solar facility will be purchased by CPS Energy (City Services of San Antonio) under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Even though Texas currently lacks a statewide solar rebate program, several of the state’s utility companies have taken matters into their own hands. Both AEP and Texas New Mexico Power Company offer $1,750/kw up to a maximum of $17,500.

Texas Solar Incentives

Net Energy Metering (NEM)

Net Energy Metering or Net Metering allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to access it anytime, not just when that power is being generated.   Solar is not an “on demand” resource – you want electricity 24/7,  not just when the sun is shining.  That’s where net metering policies come in.   They regulate how your solar installation connects with your local utility company to access electricity. through their delivery grid.  The policies vary by state but most provide solar customers a way to store and access energy based on the kilowatts they generate.   Costs vary depending on how much power the consumer generates and uses.

Utility Rebates

Utility rebates vary significantly in the state of Texas, please contact one of our solar advisors at 1-844-400 INTI and we can tell you if your local utility is offering any type of incentive or rebate

Federal Investment Tax Credit

All 50 states are eligible for a 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to reduce the cost of the system. This is calculated as 30% of the value of your system after the upfront rebate. If you choose to purchase or finance your system this tax credit goes to you directly through your federal tax return, and if you choose to lease your system will be assigned to your leasing partner which ultimately lowers your cost. Your solar specialist will calculate this for you and can consult with your accountant to fill out Form 5695 to claim your credit.

Texas Electricity Prices

Texas is tied for the nation’s 30th highest electricity prices

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Cost per kwh (cents)

Why are electricity prices important?

The power your solar panels produce reduces your electric bill. The higher the price of power, the more you save by generating your own.

And if electricity prices are low in your state, it might be because your utility company gets most of its energy from cheap coal. That makes solar less economical, but doesn’t take into account the long-term environmental costs of cheap fossil fuels.

Texas Solar Power Rebates

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Texas has the nation’s 11th best solar rebates

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How do solar rebates work?

Solar rebates are just like those you get for buying appliances. They usually come from utility companies looking to avoid fees for not generating enough renewable energy mandated by your state’s RPS.

Helping owners go solar often costs less than paying the fees. Some rebates reduce the upfront cost of going solar, and some are made as lump-sum payments to homeowners after installation.