CLICK HERE – Texas Solar incentives are back for a short time.
I just contracted with One Block Off The Grid for solar panels that will offset approximately 50% of my electricity usage and lock in a low rate of approximately 3.2¢/kWh for the next 20 years.
When I moved here in 2011, I contracted with TXU for 100% wind generated power. I’ve been very happy knowing that my electricity usage was not contributing to fracking sacrifice zones. But, at 11.7¢ kWh, I’ve been paying a bit of a premium for wind.
One Block Off The Grid has a number of ways you can structure a deal for solar panels. You can do a monthly rental agreement, a custom agreement or an initial payment agreement. I chose the initial payment and will achieve pay back in the 5th year or earlier if I cut my usage. (I plan to install a radiant heat barrier and, in the summer, I will shade my south facing windows from the sun. Right now, like last winter, we are enjoying the passive solar. )
As the photo shows, there will be 15 panels on the back of my house which faces due south. When the engineers come do an assessment, they may find that up to 18 panels will fit on my roof. In that case, my offset would be close to 60% of my energy use.
Going solar will not only take a strain off my pocket book, it will take a strain off our grid. Texas ranks dead last in electricity reliability.
Texas likes to be No. 1 at everything. But we are currently dead last when it comes to the reliability of our electrical system, according to a recent assessment by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation…
I spoke with Marcus Joo who really knows his stuff. He patiently walked me through everything, including the contract which I can cancel in the next two weeks with no obligation. Marcus is a big Bruce Lee fan so, since my oldest son has a black belt in Jeet Kune Do, we had more than the love of clean energy in common.
I tried to get solar last year but there weren’t any incentives available so the cost was way too high. There are only a limited number of incentives for Texans and those will all be gone in a few days. If you don’t get in on this round, you will have to wait until there are more incentives.
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In self defense due to all the questions in my inbox, here is some additional information
- You pay nothing until the panels are installed which, due to the permitting process, takes about 4 months (permitting of an oil or gas well takes only 7 days). At installation you pay 1/2 and a few weeks later, after you are connected, you pay the other 1/2.
- In Texas we get the most exposure from the south. East=morning exposure. West=evening exposure. South=all day exposure.
- Studies show that each $1 saved in utility cost is $20 in added home value.
- According to a study published in The Appraisal Journal, a home’s value is increased by $20 for every $1 reduction in annual energy savings. So if you saved $1,000, you’d increase your home value by $20,000. And the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy says that a home with solar will sell twice as fast as a home without solar. A recent Business Week article reported that homes with solar panels sell faster than non-solar homes and at a higher price.
- If you move, the solar panels can transfer to the new homeowner or you can take them with you.
- The panels are warranted for 20 years. You don’t have to ever touch them.
I am not a solar panel expert. Marcus is. Clicking the link for additional information does not obligate you in any way. Even if you sign an agreement to lock in the incentives, you have 2 weeks to change your mind. If you don’t lock in the incentive, you may have years to wait before they are offered again.
UPDATE: My solar panels are up. Lookie! My new solar panels are up!
And in 2019 I bought a Chevy Bolt EV.