FORT WORTH, TX, GOES SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER®
Solar power for the Queen City of the Prairie
The state of solar in Fort Worth
Fort Worth residents enjoy an average of 229 sunny days per year,* leaving 92% of the city’s buildings solar viable.*In 2009, Fort Worth established a city-wide Sustainability Task Force, and their efforts are paying off. The city ranked 5th in the state for installed solar capacity in 2020.
How much solar energy does Fort Worth produce?
Fort Worth’s total installed solar capacity sat at 28.72 MW as of December 2019, equating to 31.95 Watts per person. The city will see a major boost in capacity soon, with operations slated to begin at the Chisholm Grid battery storage system in mid-2021.
The project is slated to be one of the largest standalone solar battery storage projects in the U.S. with a rated capacity of 100 MW that will feed into the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.*
What are the advantages of going solar in Fort Worth?
In a sunny state like Texas, a home solar system has a high production potential, especially during the summer. In the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, several Retail Electric Providers (REPs), including MP2 Energy, Green Mountain Energy, and TXU Energy, offer net metering programs that allow customers to earn a credit on their utility bills for extra energy generation through their home solar system. *
A 5 kW solar PV system in Fort Worth could pay for itself within 12-13 years and offer savings of up to $15,000 over 20 years.*While solar system installation is a major long-term investment, homeowners who take the leap and transition to clean energy can enjoy reduced electricity costs and a tax-free increase in property value.
Beyond the financial advantages of solar power, it’s also a carbon-neutral energy source. Switching to solar power helps reduce carbon emissions in our community, leading to better outdoor air quality.
How much does solar cost in Fort Worth?
The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors. These include:
The quality of the solar panels
Available roof space and angle
Statewide solar incentives
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 Fort Worth, we found that the average cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $2.72 to $4.67, or in other words, from $13,600 to $23,350 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
You may also qualify for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC),* which allows you to claim 26% of your installation costs on your federal taxes. To be eligible, you must purchase your solar system with cash or loan financing.
Oncor, Fort Worth’s electricity utility provider, also offers a rebate program for solar systems between 1-15 kW in size. The amount of the rebate varies depending on system size. Your installer can provide you an estimate.*
What’s the best way to go solar in Fort Worth?
Since a solar system is a major investment, it’s important to install a high-quality system and work with a reputable solar provider. To determine the best solar system for your home, you’ll need to consider a range of factors, including your budget, current energy usage, available unshaded roof space, and more.
Your solar provider can assess your property, walk you through the installation process, answer any questions you may have, and provide a system design, monthly electric bill savings estimate, price quote, and an overview of available incentives and tax credits to help you make an informed decision.
- *. Best Places. Climate in Fort Worth. April 2021.
- *. Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
- *. Energy Storage News. Largest standalone battery project’ in Texas’ ERCOT market begins construction. August 2020.
- *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
- *. Energy Sage. Solar Panels in Fort Worth, TX. April 2021.
- *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
- *. Tax credits are subject to change. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
- *. Oncor. SAVING ENERGY ONE PANEL AT A TIME. April 2021.
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