Credits, rebates, incentives, oh my!

Would getting a generous tax credit make your decision to go solar easier? Or maybe getting a rebate that reduces the cost of your investment in going solar? Interested in learning about what financial incentives are available?

If so, keep reading to learn where you can find the latest information about what’s available to help make your dream of going solar a reality.

Let’s start at with the Federal Government programs. These programs generally use tax credits to reward individuals by allowing a credit that reduces any tax owed. In 2017, the solar credit is up to 30% of the investment made.

Always consult a tax expert about your individual situation before making a decision about items that affect your tax return.

The state of Texas does not have an individual income tax, so there are no rebates or incentives for solar investment offered at the state level. However, Texas residents who install a solar system on their home are increasing the appraised value of their home. State lawmakers recently decided that this increase in value will be given an exemption from property tax. As always, please check with your personal tax advisor regarding these questions.

At the local level, here’s a sample of the type of programs available in the area GoProSolar serves

  • Austin Energy offers rebates to homeowners who install Photovoltaic panels on their home. To find out what they are currently offering and how to get started, visit their website:
  • Austin Energy has programs for business/commercial property, too:
  • San Antonio is working hard to increase the solar capacity of their city, so CPS has a residential solar rebate program. Visit their page for information on their program and tips for getting started:

In addition to these programs for homeowners and small business, there are many programs at the federal, state and local level.  Visit: for a searchable database of programs for Texas homeowners and businesses.

Solar is always a great investment, but incentives, rebates and tax credits make the decision even easier – go solar!

Texas Leads the Way

When you say Texas, people think “energy!”

That’s been true since Spindletop in Beaumont gave birth to the modern oil industry and it continues to hold true today.  Now, however, along with traditional energy sources like oil, gas and coal, Texas is also becoming a leader in renewable energy.

Here’s how the Lone Star State stacks up in three major types of renewable energy:

1) Biomass energy comes from plants used in livestock production and other agricultural industries. For example, the stalk, husk and leaves of corn fed to cattle can be used to create biomass fuel. Instead of going to waste, these byproducts of agricultural production help create valuable energy resources. Scientists are working toward more efficient ways to harness biofuels and put them to work.

Texas leads in production for many of the agriculture products that are used to produce these renewable energy sources. Canola, sorghum and even switchgrass, which is a Texas native plant, all have huge potential as a fuel source.

2) Geography plays a key role in the ongoing prosperity of Texas, particularly when it come to wind energy. Location and topography work together to create huge potential to harness wind energy into clean, renewable and cost-efficient electricity. One of the world’s largest wind farms is in Roscoe, Texas. Georgetown, just north of Austin, recently made history by becoming the first city powered by a combination of wind and solar energy. The decision was made based on the desire to create a long-term, sustainable energy program with predictable cost.

3) Solar is the fastest growing energy source in Texas in 2017, surpassing growth in biofuel, wind and traditional power sources, too. Just like Texas, solar energy is characterized by diversity. From huge solar farms in West Texas to rooftop solar systems installed on homes and commercial buildings, there are many ways to harness the energy of the sun.

One of the primary benefits of solar, and the key to it’s great potential, is that each individual homeowner has access to solar power. While installing your own windmill is out of the question for suburban and city dwellers, rooftop solar is a practical way to access the savings and other benefits of renewable energy.

There is a place in our energy future for all of these clean, renewable fuels. In fact, by creating multiple sources of energy, we create a stronger economy and a stronger state. Once dominated by the oil industry, today Texas is the leader in industries ranging from aerospace to entertainment to technology and tourism. Economist call this diversification. Most of us here in Texas just call it smart!

Get started today on creating your own reliable, renewal energy resource by contacting GoProSolar!

Solar energy, your way!

Seems like everyone is excited about solar energy! In 2016, solar sources made up 39% of new electric generation added, surpassing other technologies for the first time.

Why? Because the cost of generating solar energy is falling, and cities and counties across the country are working to streamline the permitting process and reduce barriers to installing solar systems.

As you might suspect, Texas is quickly becoming a leader in solar energy. Because of our geography and climate, Texans have a clear advantage in creating their own energy independence using power from the sun on long, clear days and storing it for their future use. However, if your goal is to connect your solar energy to the grid, or the system that connects power producers and users across the state, we can help you do that, too.

For most of our customers, we create a solar panel system that is tied to the traditional utility power grid. With this arrangement, customers generate electricity for their own needs using solar panels they own. Excess power they produce can be added to the grid, creating credits that can be used if their production falls short in the future. This type of system helps smooth out the peaks and valleys of electricity production throughout the year. For customers who chose this type of system, the utility company serves as their backup if the weather turns gloomy and supplemental power is needed. You will need to check with your electric utility to find out about their solar energy program as you decide about going solar.

The big advantage of a solar panel system that is connected to the grid is its lower initial cost and ease of installation. It still requires that you be connected to the power grid and you may have some months when you pay a utility bill, though it will be lower because of the energy produced by your solar panel system.

Are you that more independent sort of Texan, who has bigger dreams of independence and living off the grid? We can work with you to design and install a totally independent system that not only produces adequate electricity for your needs, but also stores it for use later if your energy production slumps.

A self-contained system is ideal for homeowners who are serious about energy independence and are willing to make the investment. This type of system uses solar panels plus specially designed batteries. So, instead of sending extra power generated on sunny days into the grid, that energy is stored for your future use.

This type of solar plus battery system requires a higher upfront investment, but it allows complete freedom from electric bills. We take pride in helping many of our customers achieve total energy independence.

Why choose GoProSolar for your self-contained system? We’re the only local company that provides this proprietary system. While most solar companies focus on panels, our experience and expertise makes us true solar energy system providers.

Want to know more? Schedule your consultation today!

I’m ready to go solar – how do I start?

Schools out, summer’s here and temperatures in Central Texas are soaring.  It’s no wonder that many homeowners are asking this question! After all, the sunlight is intense and solar panels can harness it into a precious resource: electric power to fuel our busy lives.

If the question has crossed your mind, you will need to spend some time analyzing your home and how your family currently uses electricity. This process takes a little time and effort, but you will find ways to save money and use resources more efficiently, too. Gathering that information is the first step toward going solar and stepping away for high electric bills.

To find out how solar panels can help, you need to determine your energy needs. Start by looking at your electricity usage over the past year, or the longest period you have access to. This information will help you know how much electricity your solar panel system will need to generate. It will help you pinpoint areas when you might be able to adjust your energy consumption, too. If you have recently made other investments, perhaps in new, energy efficient appliances or installing new windows, take those factors into account.

You will need to look the appliances (refrigerators, clothes dryers, etc.) and systems (heating and air conditioning) that drive your energy consumption. This stage of your process is an opportunity to fully understand your energy use by scheduling an appointment with an energy auditor. This involves looking at your entire home to determine places where your home is leaking the heated or cooled air back into the great outdoors. Your auditor will evaluate your home, inside and out, and help you get the full picture of where you can save energy.

Your energy audit will show where you can reduce energy waste and make your home more comfortable, too. For example, if there are spots in your home that are always too hot or too cold, could be that a leak or draft keeps your HVAC system from doing its job. Finding the source of the problem and correcting it will enhance the comfort of your family and lower energy consumption, too.

This information about your energy use helps your solar panel company design a system that will provide for your energy needs year-round. It provides the basis for making a series of decisions about the type of solar panel system to help you reach your goals.

Once you determine your energy needs, your solar energy consultant will work with you to design residential solar panel system that’s right for you. Things like the size and slope of the roof and the amount of sunlight available, along with the number of kilowatt hours your household needs, will determine the cost of your system. Your consultant will provide a report that shows your potential savings.

Here in Central Texas our summer days tend to be long, bright and sunny. We at Pro Solar can help you capture plenty of that good sunshine to keep your home cool and comfortable.

Ready to get started? Contact us for your free initial consultation today!