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Solar Incentives and Rebates in texas

Peak Sun Hours (PSH): 5.2 - 5.9
Cost of Grid Power: $0.11/kWh
Number Of Installations: 70,587

Data from DSIRE. For more info visit: https://www.dsireusa.org/

Name Implementing Sector Program Type Administrator DSIRE ID
Certification of Solar Collectors State Equipment Certification 334
Mandatory Renewable Energy Educational Materials State Line Extension Analysis 337
Hansford County Tax Abatement Local Industry Recruitment/Support 702
Ethanol and Biodiesel Production Incentive State Performance-Based Incentive Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office 981
Frisco - Municipal Green Building Program Local Energy Standards for Public Buildings 2730
Advanced Clean Energy Project Grants State Grant Program 2779
Plano - Renewable Energy Purchasing Policy Local Green Power Purchasing 3006
City of Austin - Zoning Code Local Solar/Wind Access Policy 4864
Solar Rights State Solar/Wind Access Policy 4880
TXU - Commercial Energy Efficiency Program Utility Rebate Program 5352
Bryan Texas Utilities - SmartHOME Program Utility Rebate Program Bryan Texas Utilities 5411
San Antonio City Public Service (CPS Energy) - Net Metering Local Net Metering 5547
City of Denton - Green Power Purchasing Local Green Power Purchasing 5570
City of Fort Worth - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements Local Building Energy Code 5590
City of Forth Worth - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings Local Energy Standards for Public Buildings 5592
City of Houston - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements Local Building Energy Code 5593
City of El Paso - Green Building Policy for Municipal Buildings Local Energy Standards for Public Buildings 5594
City of El Paso - Residential and Commercial Green Building Requirements Local Building Energy Code 5595
CenterPoint Energy Healthcare Energy Efficiency Program Utility Rebate Program 5741
CenterPoint Energy Advanced Residential Lighting Program Utility Rebate Program 5744
CenterPoint Energy A/C Distributor Program Utility Rebate Program 5745
CenterPoint Energy's Energy Wise Program Utility Rebate Program 5746
Garland Power & Light - Solar Rebate Program Utility Rebate Program Garland Power & Light 5858
Entergy Texas - Commercial Solutions Program Utility Energy Analysis Entergy Texas 15786
Garland Power & Light - Energy Audit Utility Energy Analysis Garland Power & Light 15792
New Braunfels Utilities - Energy Audit Utility Energy Analysis New Braunfels Utilities 15798
Texas State Energy Conservation Office - Texas Industries of the Future Program Other Training and Information 17415
Entergy Texas - Datalink Utility Energy Analysis Entergy Texas 17418
Lower Colorado River Authority - Energy Services Other Energy Analysis Lower Colorado River Authority 17434
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association - General Info & Links Other Training and Information Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association 17437
Denton Municipal Electric - Commercial Energy Services Utility Energy Analysis Denton Municipal Electric 17705
TXU Energy - iThermostat for Business Utility Other TXU Energy 18980
TXU Energy - PowerReport Utility Energy Analysis TXU Energy 18981
TXU Energy PowerReport Utility Energy Analysis TXU Energy 19311
Mid South Synergy - Business Energy Advisor Other Energy Analysis Touchstone Energy Cooperatives 19669
El Paso Electric - Energy Library Utility Training and Information El Paso Electric 21567
El Paso Electric - Tools, Tips, and Calculators Utility Energy Analysis El Paso Electric 21624
Rio Grande Electric Coop - Interconnection Other Other Rio Grande Electric Coop 21636
Entergy Louisiana - DataLink Other Energy Analysis Entergy Louisiana 21750
Xcel Energy - Energy Design Assistance Utility Energy Analysis Xcel Energy 21793
Xcel Energy - Online Energy Assessment Utility Energy Analysis Xcel Energy 21794
Xcel Energy - Energy Audits and Studies Utility Energy Analysis Xcel Energy 21800
Xcel Energy - Small Business Lighting Utility Energy Analysis 21802
Xcel Energy - Business Energy Advisor Utility Energy Analysis Xcel Energy 21803
Xcel Energy - Business Solutions Utility Energy Analysis 21806
Xcel Energy - Energy At Risk Financial Analysis Tool Utility Energy Analysis 21808
Xcel Energy - Energy Management Systems Utility Energy Analysis 21810
Atmos Energy - Business Savings Other Training and Information Atmos Energy 21817
El Paso Electric Company - Tools, Tips, and Calculators State Energy Analysis El Paso Electric Company 21955
El Paso Electric Company - Energy Library State Training and Information El Paso Electric Company 21956
City of San Marcos - Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program Utility Rebate Program San Marcos Electric Utility 22058


What’s the Cost of Solar in Texas?

Cost of Grid Power

Texas electricity prices average $0.11/kWh, below the national average of $0.14/kWh. This may help explain why ___ has the second-lowest per capita residential energy consumption in the country.

Texas leads the nation in crude oil and natural gas production. It also leads the nation in wind-powered generation. Texas both produces and consumes more electricity than another state in the US.

Cost of a Solar Install

Cost of a typical 10kW PV install in Texas from 2009-2018

A graph of falling prices for a typical 10kW PV install in Texas from 2009-2018.
Figures include design costs. Data from Berkeley Lab.

The average cost of a 10kW (equivalent to saving almost 200 trees a year) solar power system starts around $31,000 in Texas. Before any incentives, in the first year you’d save about $1,800, compared to if you had been paying the normal rates for the energy you used. These savings can continue for well over 25 years, improving with inflation.




Just How Much Can I Save With Solar in Texas?

This depends on may factors such as your system size, power output, and financing. Here are the main ways you can finance your home solar power system, and the kinds of returns you may expect to see:

Out-of-Pocket

From our example above, the homeowner purchased a 10kW system to offset their energy bill. Overhead cost was $31,000, with a significant proportion returned in the first year through incentives, rebates, and savings, then paying itself in full over 12 years.

Most solar power systems have a warranty lifetime of 25 years. In that time, between incentives and paying lower rates you could make a profit of around $40,000 - more than the up-front cost of the system!

Even with occasional maintenance or part replacement, that is a massive savings. Solar panel power output falls on average 0.8% per year, so with a little TLC and load management you can extend the life of your system well beyond the warranty’s expiration date, continuing to save indefinitely.

Solar Loan

Whether or not you can afford the up-front cost of the install, you may want to consider a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). With equity in your home, or good credit, you may qualify for a 15-year solar HELOC with fixed rate of 4% or lower.

Starting with that same 10kW system costing $31,000 but with zero up-front cost, accounting for incentives, credits, rebates, and annual energy savings starting around $1,700, you could see a revenue surplus of about $7,000 at the end of the first year. Save that money though. Your loan payments will likely exceed your power savings by about $100/month for the 15-year term

Once the loan is paid off, you can expect to save about $1,700 a year. Over 25 years, with inflation and rising electricity costs, you could expect to make about $28,000.




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