Have you been thinking about making the switch to solar power? Maybe you’ve thought about it, but haven’t been able to make the jump because it just doesn’t seem financially responsible. Well, let us put your concerns at ease with these five solar rebates and incentives Austin offers its residents when they make the decision to fire their power company.Going Solar in Austin
1. The Federal Solar Tax Credit
This is hands-down the biggest discount residents of Austin can take advantage of. The federal government is offering a 26% solar tax credit until the end of 2022 for anyone who makes the switch to solar.
That means you can instantly reduce the overall cost of your residential solar panel array before they’re even saving you money on the power bill! Not only that, but if you don’t use all your tax credits the first year, they’ll roll over to the next. Easy peasy!
2. Austin Energy’s Solar Education Course
Speaking of big discounts, another quick win for Austin’s residents is the Austin Energy’s Solar Education Course, which grants residents who go solar a $2,500 rebate on their solar system, simply for completing the free online course and taking a short quiz.
The process is simple:
- Complete Austin Energy’s Solar Education course and take the short quiz
- Get at least three bids from a solar company on their list of participating solar contractors (Sunpro Solar is one of those!)
- Provide your selected solar company with the Solar Education Confirmation Number from your quiz.
After that, your selected solar company will work with Austin Energy to make sure the installation of your solar panels meet all requirements. When all that is said and done, the solar company will turn the system on, and Austin Energy will mail you a rebate check. Boom!
3. No State Property Tax
Speaking of taxes, Texans also benefit from not having any state property tax, which includes your new solar panel array! When you add solar panels to your house, you may increase its value up to 20 times the amount of your annual electric bill.
In other states, you would have to pay additional property taxes on this value increase, but not so in Texas! That means you’ll not only be getting clean, free electricity – but you’ll increase the value of your home without incurring higher taxes!
4. Texas Net Metering
Net metering, or net energy metering (NEM), is a system used by electric utility companies. This system determines your electric bill based on your net power consumption. Net metering is a tremendous advantage for homeowners and business owners who produce excess electricity for the grid. This includes solar power!
Net metering is a great system for home and business owners with solar. It allows you to be fully credited for the electricity that your panels contribute to the grid. That means that you will only be charged for the difference between the amount electricity you use, vs. the electricity produced.
If your utility has a net metering policy, you receive credits on your electric bill for all of the extra electricity your solar panels produce. When your panels aren’t producing enough electricity to meet your use (like at night or if it’s cloudy outside), you can draw on those Texas net metering credits instead of buying electricity from the utility.
Some of the companies in Texas that offer net metering are:
- Austin Energy
- Oncor Electric
- Champion Energy Services
- Direct Energy
- Reliant Energy
- Bluebonnet Electric
- Entergy Texas Inc.
- Pedernales Electric Cooperative
- City of San Marcos Electric Utility
- TXU Energy
- Green Mountain Energy
5. Texas Solar Rights Law
Texas Property Code 202.010 states that HOAs are not allowed to include or enforce provisions within their regulations, covenants, or by-laws that prohibit or restrict homeowners from installing a solar energy device.
While this protects a homeowner’s right to go solar, there are still several caveats that allow HOAs to regulate the installation of solar panels in certain situations. The law also stipulates that the HOA may designate where the panels should be located on the roof. A way around that is for the homeowner to show that the designation hinders the performance of the solar panels.
Basically, your HOA can’t stop you from getting solar panels. They may have some stipulations you may need to meet, so long as their requests do not impact the efficiency of your solar array.
Let’s Wrap it Up
There’s never been a better time switch to solar power in Austin, Texas. Texas enjoys well over 200 sunny days on average in a year, and when you couple that bounty of sunshine with incentives like net metering and the federal solar tax credit, well, it’s hard to debate whether or not going solar in Austin is a smart move.
That being said, at Sunpro Solar we are dedicated to providing you with nothing less than the best. The best customer service, the best purchasing experience, the best warranties and the best installation experience. With each solar installation, you also receive:
- Sunpro Solar’s 25 Year Labor Warranty
- Sunpro Solar’s 25 Year Production Warranty
- 25 Year Solar Panel Manufacturer Warranty
- 25 Year Enphase Microinverter Warranty
- A FREE energy audit to ensure your house is as efficient as your new solar panels.
So if you’re living in Austin and are interested in going solar, feel free to reach out to us and speak to one of our expert consultants. We’re here to answer questions you may have about any of the incentives offered in Texas or about making the switch to solar in general.Free Solar Quote
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