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Solar Communities: Bringing Solar to the People

Solar communities are the next big thing in solar. For people who live in apartment complexes or otherwise cannot install panels on their roof, building a solar community or joining one is a great option. What’s more, many local energy companies provide resources for communities looking to go solar. What Are Solar Communities? A solar community consists of a shared solar power plant that powers many homes within the area. This set-up allows many interested community members to access the clean and affordable energy source with less initial costs and no need for a system installed on their home. There are [...]

Solar Communities: Bringing Solar to the People2023-03-21T22:19:36+00:00

10 Ways to Save with Solar Energy

1. Save on Utilities It's no secret that installing solar panels can help you save on your monthly electric bills by producing your own energy. In fact, this is probably the most common reason people are interested in solar panels in the first place. On average, you can save around $50 a month on your electric bill and even more in the summer months. How much you will save is variable; it depends on the season, your location, the kind of panels you choose, the placement and tilt of your panels, and your energy consumption. However, central Texas residents can anticipate [...]

10 Ways to Save with Solar Energy2023-03-21T22:17:55+00:00

How to Get Your Home Solar Ready for Summer

The Texas skies are abundant with the sun. On average, the state has more than 220 days a year that are sunny, and many of those days fall within the spring and summer months, making now the perfect time of year to fit your home with solar panels and harness the energy of the sun to power your home.  Deciding on Solar There are more factors to consider in deciding if solar is right for you. To start, you can try our solar calculator to get an estimate of your home’s energy consumption, the appropriate number of panels, and an estimate [...]

How to Get Your Home Solar Ready for Summer2023-05-24T21:43:42+00:00

Earth Day 2021: Celebrate with Solar Energy

The History of Earth Day Earth Day is known for encouraging collaborative ecological efforts on a global scale. Every year billions of people worldwide gather each April 22nd to pick up trash, mass recycle, and plant trees together. However, Earth Day began in 1970 as a massive demonstration across the United States; 20 million Americans poured into the streets in opposition to industrialization's damaging environmental impacts. At its core, Earth Day inspires us to reflect on our environment's health and take action to improve it. Simple Ways to Celebrate While many in-person Earth Day events are canceled, there are some simple [...]

Earth Day 2021: Celebrate with Solar Energy2023-03-22T02:24:22+00:00

Make Power Outages a Thing of the Past

In February 2021, the entire grid of the state of Texas was just four minutes and 37 seconds away from complete collapse. Rolling blackouts that lasted for days in subzero temperatures left many Texans to resort to methods of sheltering and keeping warm that they had never thought they would have to experience. Anything can cause your power to go out. Nearby car accidents. Road construction. It happens all the time. Now, we’re facing more extreme weather than ever and the strain on the electrical grid continues to grow. The best strategy is to already have a plan in place. After all, an [...]

Make Power Outages a Thing of the Past2023-03-22T02:26:13+00:00

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Did you know that solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth? 173,000 terawatts of solar energy are hitting the earth at any given moment. That's more than 10,000 times the world's total energy use! With such an abundant energy source, why wouldn’t we harvest it to power our homes? If you’re interested in learning the details on how we make this energy power your life (and even the grid), keep reading. We’ve got the 5 steps to turning sunlight into usable power. Step 1: The Solar Panel Set-Up Your solar system starts with the solar panels. Each panel is [...]

How Does Solar Energy Work?2023-03-22T02:30:46+00:00

Legislative Update: Yes, You Can Still Get a 26% Tax Credit on Solar!

UPDATED AUGUST 2022: As part of the recent Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has been increased to 30% and extended for 10 more years (through December 31, 2032). This is great news for Texans who installed solar in 2022 and for new installations in years to come. Learn more about the tax credit and other available solar rebates and incentives that will add money right back into your pocket. ------------ We’ve got great news! Residential and commercial property owners are now eligible to get the 26% solar investment tax credit (ITC) until 2023. Why? Congress [...]

Legislative Update: Yes, You Can Still Get a 26% Tax Credit on Solar!2023-04-20T18:50:05+00:00

Charge Your EV with Longhorn & SolarEdge

Are you ready to start walking (and driving) on sunshine? Now is the time to ready for your first (or next) electric vehicle! Why? Global sales of EVs are projected to jump 36% and top 3 million vehicles for the first time ever this year. When you install solar panels with Longhorn, we can connect them to the SolarEdge Energy Hub. This system powers your EV and your home, allowing you greater access, control, and efficiency over your off-grid solutions. Drive on Sunshine The Energy Hub inverter is preconfigured to easily connect to a Level 2 Smart EV Charger without the [...]

Charge Your EV with Longhorn & SolarEdge2023-05-24T22:20:32+00:00

What Is a Solar Tax Rebate and What Can It Do for Me?

There are so many ways to save money when you invest in solar, one exciting way is the solar tax credit. It’s so easy to take advantage of! The solar rebate is a 30% tax credit on your federal taxes when you get solar panels installed on your residential or commercial properties through 2022. How Does It Work? Unlike a tax deduction, which reduces the amount you pay taxes on, this credit simply reduces the amount that you owe at the end of the year. Think of it as a “subtraction” from the amount you owe the government. The BEST Part: [...]

What Is a Solar Tax Rebate and What Can It Do for Me?2023-04-20T18:47:05+00:00

Give the Gift of Solar this Holiday Season

When we think of big holiday gifts, a new car or expensive jewelry comes to mind. Nowadays, more and more people prefer unique and meaningful gifts. Solar is one of the most unique gifts that keeps on giving. Powered by the sun, your family can save on electricity bills and help the environment. With solar prices dropping, new financing options and tax incentives available, solar may just be the perfect holiday gift to you and your family for years to come! More importantly, this gift is so big, you never have to worry about falling in the sink to be lost [...]

Give the Gift of Solar this Holiday Season2023-03-22T02:45:57+00:00
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