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Our team of solar power consultants located in McAllen and San Antonio help homeowners find the best in-class solar installers. We review your utility bill and design a customized plan and quote for your home to ensure you're matched with the best solar installers in your area.
Our selection process analyzes public customer reviews and a custom data set on each provider. The result, we screen the best providers so you don't have to.Check Your Savings
WHY SOLAR NOW?
The cost of electricity has consistently risen for over 40 years, with a 40% increase in the last decade alone. History is indicating that homeowners who take no action to free themselves from grid dependence are going to continue to pay more for electricity next year than they are today.
In contrast, if you go solar you are likely to save money immediately on your electricity bill, and will continue to do so indefinitely. Solar panels allow you to generate your own electricity, cheaper than your utility. And with $0 down financing, you can own your panels for nothing out of pocket, resulting in immediate savings and long term value.
CAN I INSTALL SOLAR IN MY HOME?
There are a lot of factors that determine whether your home is ideal for a solar panel system such as your roof pitch, how much solar coverage it gets, the age of your roof, etc.
Our team of professional solar roof experts can help answer any questions you may have and provide you with a free solar roof assessment.
DO I GET ANY INCENTIVES FOR GOING SOLAR?
In 2006 the United States enacted the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) which is a 26 percent tax credit for solar systems installed on residential and commercial properties. This credit won't last forever as there is phasedown period that reduces the credit to 22 percent in 2023, and to 10 percent for commercial properties in 2024; so the sooner you switch to solar, the more you'll save!
While there currently is not a statewide tax credit offered in Texas, a lot of utlity companies offer their residential and commercial customers incentives for switching to solar. These incentives also include adding battery backups and investing in home improvements that help make your property more energy efficient.
IS THERE FINANCING AVAILABLE FOR GOING SOLAR?
The biggest concern most of our customers have is whether or not they can afford a solar system installation. With the federal solar tax credit, local solar incentives, and our Solur Financing Programs, it's never been easier to own a solar roof. There are two common ways most homeowners can finance their solar roof: a low interest rate loan that is similar to a home or auto loan, or a low interest lease.
At Solur, we can help you figure out which financing option is best for you. We pride ourselves in providing a tailored solution for each of our customers that is the most cost effective and provides the best value in the long run. Our team of solar experts will provide you with everything you need to make you the informed decision maker.
HOW MUCH IS A SOLAR PANEL?
Cost varies between models, but on a gathered average, there is a range from $3,500 to $35,000 depending on type and model.
HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY DOES A SOLAR PANEL PRODUCE?
Solar panels on average are able to produce 350-850 kWh of AC energy per month at a size of 400 square feet of space. To put into perspective, a common household uses about 893 kWh per month according to the EIA.
HOW BIG IS A SOLUR PANEL
The average for a common residential solar panel goes by the dimensions of 65 inches by 39 inches with variation on the manufacturer.
HOW DOES A SOLAR PANEL WORK?
Solar panels is a renewable energy technology that uses sunlight to produce power. When sunlight hits the photovoltaic cells, otherwise known as PV cells, in the panel, the energy conversion process begins. The photons from the sunlight begin to generate a flow of electricity within the cell due to its reaction to the silicon material which is then transmitted to power a home.
To go more into detail, a solar panel is essentially a sandwich of numerous materials that go as the general following: the aluminum frame at the top, tempered glass, an encapsulant, solar cells, another encapsulant, a back sheet, and a junction box.
Knowing that, let’s take a closer look at the solar cells. Each cell is made up of two slices of semiconducting material, usually silicon. For the cells to generate electricity, they need to establish an electric field within them. To do so, the electric only occurs when there are two opposite poles, much like a magnetic field. To create this, the individual slices are mixed with other materials that allow it to create either a negative or positive charge. More into detail, the top layer of silicon is seeded with phosphorus, which adds extra electrons to the mix, thus a negative charge to the top layer. The bottom layer receives a dose of boron, which in turn gives lesser electrons, thus a positive charge.
This creates an electric field at the junction between the two layers, which is reactive to sunlight and in short 0creates an electric charge.
HOW MANY SOLAR PANELS DO I NEED?
The formula required to find out how many solar panels a homeowner needs goes as follows: you multiply your household’s hourly energy requirement by the peak hour sunlight hours at your area, then dividing the result by the panel’s wattage.