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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 Home 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 & SolarEdge2024-03-08T15:48:52+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?2024-03-08T15:47:49+00:00

Yes, You Can Afford to Go Solar

Over the years, solar has gone from a rare luxury for a few DIY experts to a common household utility. Thanks to lowered production costs and increased demand, we are seeing a marked increase in accessibility. According to a Forbes article, “in Q1 2020, module prices averaged 0.21 US dollars per watt, in comparison to 0.63 US dollars per watt in Q1 2016.” That’s a 33% reduction in cost in only four years! You can now afford to go solar. Save on Federal Taxes There are many government incentives for going solar.  The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows a 30% [...]

Yes, You Can Afford to Go Solar2024-03-08T15:46:26+00:00

How to Know If Your Home is a Good Choice for Solar Panels

Is my home a good fit for solar? There are several factors to take into consideration in determining the viability of a solar panel system. Roof orientation, shading, and roof condition are all central aspects of the decision. We will discuss each in detail here. To calculate your initial results, try our Solar Calculator. Optimal Orientation Installing your panels on a south-facing roof is generally ideal in the northern hemisphere. The more square footage you can get on the south-facing side of your house, the more your system can generate. West-facing is secondary, and East is tertiary in terms of getting [...]

How to Know If Your Home is a Good Choice for Solar Panels2024-03-08T15:29:54+00:00

Eight Ways to Save with Solar Energy

With all the hype around solar power reducing your energy bill, we wanted to highlight the other ways that you can save. Here’s a breakdown of all the possibilities for saving (and even earning) by making the switch. Save on your Electricity Bill This one is easy: Texas heat plus working and learning from home means doubled or tripled daily energy usage. This translates to an astronomical electric bill every month. Having your jaw hit the floor so often gets tiring. On average, Texans can save nearly $1,000 per year over a 20 year period. We have a great solar panel [...]

Eight Ways to Save with Solar Energy2024-03-08T01:31:21+00:00

10 reasons to refer your friends and family to Longhorn Solar

Ten reasons to refer your friends and family to Longhorn Solar There are many reasons to refer members of your community to Longhorn Solar, but we want to share a few of our customers’ favorites. Keep scrolling to discover why they ditched the grid for a better renewable energy solution. Some of their reasons might even surprise you!   1. We’re the #1 solar installer in Texas For five years, we’ve been listed on SolarReviews.com as the #1 solar panel installer in Texas. We are proud to be the best at what we do, and our other industry awards reflect that. [...]

10 reasons to refer your friends and family to Longhorn Solar2024-03-07T23:30:06+00:00

How much does a solar panel system really cost?

The burning question everyone wants to know the answer to is: how much do solar panels really cost? The answer is...it depends. As with most home renovations or additions, there is a multitude of factors that go into the final price. There's also the customer's preferences and lifestyle to consider as well. Adding solar panels to your home is no exception to this rule. For instance, a 2,000 square foot household with two adults that turn up their thermostat seven degrees in the summer and down seven degrees in the winter will have much different energy costs than a family of [...]

How much does a solar panel system really cost?2024-03-07T23:15:23+00:00

The Solar Panel Installation Process: What To Expect

Congratulations on your decision to go solar! You’re making the right choice for the environment by limiting your carbon footprint, and lowering your energy bill. Now, you may be wondering, what comes next? Here’s the process that you can expect when you’re ready to start your solar panel installation: 1. Property Site Assessment First up is the site assessment. Our experienced site assessors will do several types of inspections to determine how to best maximize your home’s solar potential, including looking at roof size, slope, system size, azimuth etc. We’ll also look at the electrical system you already have and determine [...]

The Solar Panel Installation Process: What To Expect2024-03-07T23:14:00+00:00

Your Home Solar System Install: Five Reasons to Choose Longhorn Solar

Adding solar panels to your Texas home is a big decision, there’s no doubt about it. It’s an investment in the next 30+ years of your home, as well as a sizable financial commitment up front. While you know it’s good for the environment and for your wallet in the long run, you may be a little skittish of such a big commitment—that’s why you’re seeking out a solar company you know you can trust with that responsibility. But don’t worry! We got you. We can answer your Top 10 Solar Questions and will also give you these five reasons to choose [...]

Your Home Solar System Install: Five Reasons to Choose Longhorn Solar2024-03-07T22:37:30+00:00

How To Choose A REP In A Deregulated Market

In 1995, the Texas Senate passed Bill 373, marking the beginning of electricity deregulation in Texas. Under this Bill, public utilities would be required to accept and acknowledge new and wholesale energy generators and give them access to transmission capabilities—without charging an arm and a leg for the privilege. As you might imagine, this initial effort was met with significant resistance, and it wasn’t until 2002 that the Texas State Legislature passed Bill 7, officially deregulating the electricity industry for some areas of Texas. Right now, roughly 85% of Texas is considered deregulated. What this means for us now, essentially, is [...]

How To Choose A REP In A Deregulated Market2024-03-07T22:36:29+00:00
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