Texas ranks #13 in America for savings from installing solar panels on your home

Solar power in Texas

Texas is probably the most complex state in which to write a summary of the attractiveness of installing solar panels for your home.

The reason for this is that the investment return and savings that can be made by buying solar panels varies more by city and utility than in any other state in the country.

In some cities such as Austin, Brenham, El Paso and San Antonio you have the best of both worlds in that there are upfront utility rebates, there is full 1 for 1 net metering and the 30% federal tax credit delivering a short payback period of 8 years or less for an investment in solar panels for your home.

So in 8 years you have saved as much as you paid for the system (and so cash flow are the same as whether you did or did not buy a system).

But if you bought a system you then have the next 17 years of free power.

If you didn't buy a system in 2017 then you will be facing the prospect of paying an electricity bill for the following 17 years.

Its funny, the economics of going solar in Utah and Texas are quite similar (in some cities in Texas the economics are better). Both states have relatively cheap power.

Solar is booming in Utah and I can't help but think that a solar boom is coming in Texas

In other cities and with other utilities there are no upfront rebates and no 1 for 1 net metering law. In these areas solar payback can be as long as 15 years.

 

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Solar power in Texas

Texas solar power facts

$3.68
/watt

Average cost of a 5kw solar power system in 2018
Price shown before incentives

8 Years 5 Months

Average payback time

$44,677

Average lifetime savings
Price shown after repayments of capital


/kWh

levelized cost of solar energy

25¢
/kWh

If you don't get solar
The forecast average utility price over the next 25 years

10,405
kWh

Annual power production

Cash flow graph based on cash purchase of a 7.65kW system

This 7.65kW system would offset 100% of your energy usage if your typical monthly bill in Texas is $124, however your situation may vary so try our solar calculator to get a result tailored to you.


Solar companies in Texas that provide pricing through the Solar-Estimate marketplace

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How much do solar panels cost in Texas

$3.68 per watt

Cash purchased solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

$4.06 per watt

Financed solar system
Before 30% solar tax credit

N/A cents/kWh

Lease/PPA
Av. 15 year term, 2.5% price escalator

What are the pros and cons of buying solar panels for your home in Texas

The advantages of installing solar panels is there is a high amount of solar irradiation in Texas. Especially if you live in a net metering area you will be kicking yourself you didn't get solar while these brilliant incentives were around. Enter your details to calculate the cost and savings you are likely to get from installing solar panels for your home.

The disadvantage of installing solar panels is there are a lot of areas in Texas have poor incentives but do be aware that everywhere can access the 30% tax credit.

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Best brands of solar panels

To find the best brands of solar panels you can use America's most trusted solar panel comparison and reviews website, SolarReviews.

However, reviews of solar panels can be a bit meaningless because most consumer owners have not had any issues and so whilst solar company reviews are very important when choosing solar installers they are of less use when choosing solar panels.

For more information to help you make an informed decision about this topic, I would recommend this article about buying solar panels.

 

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How much electricity will solar panels produce in Texas

Solar panels produce different amounts of energy in different locations.

Around the Austin area solar panels installed on a south facing 20 degree pitch roof will typically produce:

1,360kWh per year per 1kw of peak DC (direct current) capacity

For more information about how your location, roof direction and roof tilt affects solar power production use the solar panels calculator and enter your zipcode below.

 

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I want to buy a solar panel kit and install it myself

Texas Solar Calculator

Regardless of what you want to know about the economics of installing solar panels for your home or business in Texas we have a solar calculator that can show you exactly the information your require.

 

You can either use our full monty solar calculator that shows you everything you could possibly want to know or you can use one of our range of smaller calculators for specific solar calculations that focus on providing you only with the specific information you require.

 


 

What you can find out about installing solar panels in Texas using our full monty solar calculator

This solar calculator requires you to input your address, utility company, your average monthly power spend - It tells you:

If you want to see all of the above but also see live pricing, the three best solar deals available in your city and get binding quotes from each of these solar companies then use this solar panels calculator. This calculator requires you to also input your name and contact details because most of our 200+ installer partners will only authorize the sharing of their live solar pricing where we have validated that you are a real homeowner with a home in their service area. We respect the privacy of your data and only share your contact details with the solar companies you ask us to get binding quotes from.

 

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Going solar in Texas

Check out all of the ways energy providers of Texas can help you be more energy efficient and save money.

The following programs are available:
Find your local rebates and incentives

Your city may have further incentives to offer. Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.

Useful links

Grid Interconnection Requirements

www.solarhoustontx.org
www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/texas-solar