Solar Resources


LEARN MORE ABOUT SOLAR

If you are new to solar it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by how the technology works, or the ever-changing policies and procedures you must adhere to. The good news is, we’ve been in the industry for more than 25 years and we’re well versed in guiding people through the process. If you’re still trying to decide if solar is right for you, here are some helpful resources you can browse and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

HOW SOLAR TECHNOLOGY WORKS

APPROXIMATE SAVINGS & INCOME, FIRST 20 YEARS

Today’s incentives make solar purchases popular and low-interest financing keeps payments on par with former electric bills. Even after the payback on the system, homeowners continue to earn income and save for many more years.

SOLAR INVESTMENT

System Size (kW DC)
Total TurnKey Cost/kW
TOTAL COST
Utility Incentive
TOTAL after Incentive
Federal Tax Credit
10
$3,000.00
$30,000.00
-$6,000.00
$24,000.00
-$7,200.00

Cost after Incentives
$16,800.00

RETURN

Average Savings per Year at .12/kWh
Simple Payback
Equivalent $/kWh after 20 years
 
 
 
$2,065.22
8.86
$0.0591

TOTAL savings after 20 years (Assumes 2% utility rate escalation.)
$41,304.00

HELPFUL LINKS AND ONLINE RESOURCES

NATIONAL

U.S.Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration

Official energy statistics from the U.S. government

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

NREL is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

NREL Renewable Resource Data Center

Provides access to an extensive collection of renewable energy resource data, maps, and tools. Biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind resource data for locations throughout the United States can be found through the RReDC.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy

DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.

Go Solar California List of Eligible Equipment

A list of reputable products in the renewable energy industy. Contains relevant data such as power ratings and efficiencies.

Solar Electric Power Association

An educational non-profit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good.

RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS TRADING PLATFORMS

Texas Renewables

Information on the Renewable Energy Credits Trading Program administrated by ERCOT.

WREGIS

The Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) is an independent, renewable energy tracking system for the region covered by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).

STATE

Oncor Commercial Solar Rebate Program

Oncor Take a Load off Texas Solar Photovoltaic Commercial Standard Offer Program. Provides rebates for the installation of solar PV systems for Oncor commercial customers.

Oncor Residential Solar Rebate Program

Oncor Take a Load off Texas Solar Photovoltaic Residential Standard Offer Program. Provides rebates for the installation of solar PV systems for Oncor residential customers.

Texas State Energy Conservation Office

SECO partners with Texas consumers, businesses, educators and local governments to reduce energy costs and maximize efficiency. SECO awards and distributes many of the grant dollars allocated for renewable energy in Texas.

Public Utility Commission of Texas

The regulatory authority for utilities in the State of Texas. Contains information on consumer choice and rights.

Texas Solar Radiation Database

A resource to check solar radiation levels in your area of Texas.

Texas Renewable Energy Resource Assessment

A publication of the Texas State Energy Conservation Office that is a reference tool for anyone seeking to understand the current Texas renewable energy resource assessment environment.

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association

TREIA is a statewide non-profit organization of companies and individuals involved in solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydro electric energy products and/or services. Visit this website to learn more about renewable energy legislation and policy.

Texas Solar Energy Society

The Texas chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and non-profit dedicated to solar and renewable energy outreach and education in Texas.

American Solar Energy Society

A non-profit that advances education, research and policy in solar energy.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

A nonprofit corporation that manages the flow of electricity to a majority of Texas customers. ERCOT is an independant system operator that schedules power on the electric grid.