Dallas, TX, Goes Solar with SunPower®
Solar energy is taking the Lone Star State by storm
The state of solar in Dallas
With 234 sunny days per year on average and a UV index of 5.7,* Dallas has the 6th highest solar PV capacity in the state of Texas and ranks 23rd in the U.S. A whopping 87% of rooftops in the city are solar viable.** Find out if your roof is one of them today.
How much solar energy does Dallas produce?
Dallas had 7.36 MW of installed solar PV capacity at the end of 2019, coming to 20.34 watts per person.
The city ranks 43 in the nation for per capita solar capacity*—but solar power is on the rise in Texas's third most populous city,* it jumped ten positions in rank between 2018 and 2019 and has the potential to make it to the top. The Environment Texas Research & Policy Center estimates the city could install upwards of 2,000 MW of solar PV capacity on small rooftops alone.*
What are the advantages of going solar in Dallas?
Dallas has begun placing more emphasis on clean energy in recent years. The city council approved the Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan (CECAP) in May 2020 to promote solar energy and require new buildings to incorporate solar panels into their designs.
Increasing solar energy throughout the city helps Dallas stick to its clean energy goals and helps maintain lower electricity costs for homeowners across the city. As solar energy begins to push out natural gas, Dallas citizens may see rate decreases in their energy bills.
How much does solar cost in Dallas?
The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors, including the:
Quality of the solar system
Household's energy needs
Angle of roof
Available roof space
Shaded roof space
To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes, as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources,* for thousands of homeowners across the country.
In Dallas, we found that the cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $13,700 to $29,450, or in other words, from $2.74 to $5.89 per watt—and that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
As solar energy becomes more readily available throughout the U.S., the price continues going down. The cost of solar energy in Texas has decreased by 45% in the last five years alone.*
While Oncor, the city's primary electric transmission and distribution utility, does not offer net metering (an option where homeowners can receive account credits for the excess electricity their system produces), they do allow the use of Retail Electric Provider (REP) Buy Back programs.* The details of these programs vary by provider. Some even allow for credit cash-outs.*
Oncor also offers a rebate program to help individuals afford new solar systems. Homeowners who install a solar system between 1 kW-15 kWs in size can claim a rebate of up to $8,500. Additionally, some Dallas residents can receive a 26% Federal Tax Credit in 2021* to help offset the cost of going solar.
Though solar energy is a long-term investment that can save homeowners thousands of dollars in electricity costs over time, it also can often save them money on their monthly electric bills right away.
- *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
- *. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Texas Solar. Q3 2020.
- *. Oncor. Frequently Asked Questions - Solar. March 2021
- *. Texas Power Guide. Buyback Plans for Texas Solar Owners – Oncor. March 2021
- *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
What's the best way to go solar in Dallas?
Some solar systems boast higher quality and better durability than others, making these panels ideal for long-term use. The best solar system for your home depends on several factors, including your energy use, property size, budget, and long-term goals.
SunPower offers free solar solution consultations to help you understand what solar can do for your home. During the free in-person or online consultation, we'll answer your questions, provide a custom solar system design and price quote, and review available incentives and tax credits.
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