If you know San Antonio, you know the Texas sun all too well. And if you have considered taking the energy you use at home into your own hands, you may have wondered if there is enough sunshine here to make solar panels worth it in San Antonio.
Here at CAM Solar, we have been helping homeowners throughout Texas use solar energy to save on their energy bills, reduce their environmental impact, and even avoid unexpected outages through Tesla Powerwall and Enphase Encharge solar battery installation or off-grid solar installation. Here is what you need to know about what makes solar installation worth it in San Antonio
Solar Panel Installation Costs in San Antonio
Similar to just about any investment you are going to make, the number one question on most homeowners’ minds is, “How much do solar panels in San Antonio cost?” At the end of the day, you are going to want to know if the cost of installing solar is low enough to justify the future energy savings.
The answer to this question depends on two things:
Solar incentives and rebates aimed at reducing the cost of solar
The potential for energy savings based on the San Antonio sun
Here are the rebates and incentives currently available here in San Antonio.
Solar Rebates From San Antonio Utilities
If you pay your energy bill to CPS Energy, you can take advantage of the San Antonio CPS Solar Program:
Maximum of $2,500 per project
$500 premium for projects utilizing local modules, like Mission Solar Panels.
This tax incentive allows you to reduce what you owe in federal taxes by 26% of your total installation costs (though this percentage will drop to just 22% after 2022). This incentive can be used for the year you installed solar—however, if the tax incentive amount covers more than what you owe in federal taxes, you can roll the remainder over to the next year.
Let the San Antonio Sunshine Save You Money!
It doesn’t take long waiting in line at your favorite barbeque shack to feel the power of the San Antonio sun. With above-average sunshine throughout the year, the savings you can see from a well designed and installed solar PV (photovoltaic) system are above average as well. But there is one more program to know about that can further increase your energy savings from solar, and that is net metering.
Net Metering in San Antonio
The Alamo City sun shining on your solar panels will generate free, renewable electricity during the daytime — and there are bound to be times when your solar panels are actually generating more electricity than your home can use. So, what happens to this excess electricity? It goes back into the grid, where it is then used in other homes and businesses.
However, you are entitled to a credit for that energy, through what is called net metering. This credit can then offset the cost of using grid-supplied energy during times of low solar production, like overnight.
At CAM Solar, we have found that most homeowners that install solar here in San Antonio can offset the majority (if not all) of their energy costs throughout the year with solar net metering.
Backup Solar Power for Your San Antonio Home
You may remember we mentioned off-grid systems earlier — so how is it possible you can power your home independent of the greater electricity grid?
With battery storage options like Tesla Powerwall and Enphase Encharge, you can save any of that excess energy your panels produce, and instead of sending it back to the grid you can store it with a solar battery system. These energy storage systems can be designed to operate independently of the grid when the grid goes down, and will power your home with your own renewable energy 24 hours a day - even avoiding peak demand charges. Whether you remain grid-tied or go completely off-grid, you will have solar powered backup power with solar batteries.
Go Local with Your Solar Installation in San Antonio
Not only is CAM Solar a local solar company in San Antonio, utilizing local talent and knowledge, we also utilize a local solar panel manufacturer in San Antonio! Mission Solar panels are made right here along the San Antonio River, and we are proud to be a company of Texans serving the needs of our fellow Texans. If you are interested in getting a free quote from a solar provider near you, call CAM Solar.