Despite Texas’ reputation in the fossil fuels industry, solar power is gaining more momentum in Dallas year after year. Texas is not new to the renewable energy environment. For years, the state has been known as the leader in wind power energy, followed by the state of Oklahoma. Furthermore, there are plenty of other companies that are leading solar efforts in Dallas like apartment complexes and even car dealerships.

 

Last year, according to the Environment Texas Research and  Policy Center, Dallas had a record year in solar energy. Solar saw massive growth from 12 megawatts per person installed in 2016 to 16.4 megawatts in 2017. San Antonio saw the most solar growth with over a 35% gain in solar installs per person.

 

Google Sunroof, a research project devoted to finding suitable solar roofs in America, believes Dallas is primed to be a leader in solar energy in the coming years. The project estimates that Dallas has over 210,000 rooftops that are ready to go solar and could generate more than 4,000 MW of energy. This is great news for both commercial businesses and everyday homeowners.

Google Sunroof, a research project devoted to finding suitable solar roofs in America, believes Dallas is primed to be a leader in solar energy in the coming years. The project estimates that Dallas has over 210,000 rooftops that are ready to go solar and could generate more than 4,000 MW of energy. This is great news for both commercial businesses and everyday homeowners.

Going Solar in Dallas Texas

 

As a Dallas resident, you are likely paying an average of $.08 per kWh for your energy needs. The national average is $.13 per kWh. This is promising for residents who are on the grid in Texas, however, we all know that you are subject to rate changes at any time and for no reason at all.

 

The city of Dallas is well positioned for homeowners looking to go solar. Let’s take a look at the reasons why the solar power industry is gaining traction in Dallas and why it should pique your interest in going solar yourself.

 

  • LocationClimatologists say that Dallas gets more than 230 days of sun per year. In fact, MSM rated Dallas as one of the sunniest cities in America.
  • Getting More Affordable – Solar panel investment can be pricey, but the prices of solar panel system installs are getting more affordable. The price to get a solar panel system in Dallas has dropped 43% in the past 5-years.
  • Primed to Grow – Solar researchers expect the solar industry in Dallas, Texas to gain in popularity among businesses and in home ownership. At its current rate of growth (more than 18,000 installations in 2018), these researchers anticipate a more than 4,200 MW growth in the next 5 years.
  • Solar Jobs – The industry continues to see growth in the solar job market and Dallas current has over 8,800 people working either in manufacturing, installation or solar consulting.

 

All of this industry news points to more resources for the average person in Dallas who is considering a solar lifestyle. It also means the market is becoming more competitive as prices to install will come down as a reflection of that competition.

 

 

Average Cost of Solar in Texas

Solar in Dallas Texas – Investment

 

But what will solar in Dallas cost? This breakdown is always changing according to energy rates and regulations, however, as of December 2018 the going rate for a per watt rate is $2.20, after the federal rebate, for an average panel in a 6000 kW systems.

 

This works out to be about $21,000 to install a solar panel system in Dallas, Texas. Now, before that number crushes you solar panel dreams there are some important incentives that you should be aware of.

 

Until the year 2020, solar panels get a 30% tax credit. (percentage drops in the coming years) This means you can take 30% off of your install bill making that number closer to $14,900. You will also see incentives from the state like not having to pay additional sales taxes on equipment, bringing the price of a standard kWh down on your utility bills. (for days that you have to use the grid)

Solar in Dallas Texas – The Equipment

 

Solar panel equipment is not exactly complicated even though it is newer technology in the sustainable energy space. In fact, there are only four major components to these systems and we will break that down below so you know what you’re getting into when you install a system like this in your home.

 

  • Solar Panels – Solar panels are sold in many different sizes and varieties depending on how they are used. They are a silicone-based panel covered in cells to capture energy from the sun.
  • The Batteries – Did you know that your solar panel system will need batteries in order to function and deliver the energy that you capture? This battery bank will provide a continuous amount of energy for daily energy use. These batteries are specifically made to be able to be charged and discharged time and time again.
  • Charge Controller – A charge controller is a simple piece of equipment that is designed to protect your batteries. The sun is a powerful energy source which can damage your batteries or impact the battery life or performance.

Power Inverter – An inverter is used to convert different types of energy into usable energy. For instance, a DC energy wave that can be converted to an AC energy wave. An inverter may be necessary depending on the type of mechanical components you have in your home or appliances that you use.

Solar in Dallas Texas – Pros and Cons

 

There are plenty of pros and cons when you decide to invest and install a solar panel system. We like to think that the pros outweigh the cons, but here is a list to consider so you can make that determination for yourself.

 

 

PROS

CONS

Investing in Renewable Energy

Positive Impact on Energy Bills

Return on Investment within 12-year Average

Federal Tax Incentives of up to 30%

Positive Environmental Impact

Sizable Upfront Investment

Equipment takes up Space

Weather Dependency

 

These are some of our favorite advantages to going solar in Dallas, Texas. Not only do you contribute to a cleaner environment for yourself and your neighbors, but you are also making a considerable investment in your home and property. Homes that have solar power systems tend to be desirable to buy home buyers and make neighborhood values increase.

 

The best way to find out if your home is a good candidate for solar power energy in your Dallas neighborhood is to request a quote from Encōr Solar. Once you request a quote they will qualify your home and send a specialist to meet with you and explain your options and savings.

 

 

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