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The state of solar in San Antonio
San Antonio, TX, bursts with American history and blazes with sunlight. The famed cultural hub of South Central Texas receives a yearly average of 220 sunny days, exceeding the national average.*Bestplaces.net, Climate in San Antonio, Texas (accessed 8/29/2021) https://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/texas/san_antonio
San Antonio also has excellent solar potential—about 95% of its buildings are solar viable, making the Alamo City a great place to go solar.*Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018) https://sunroof.withgoogle.com/data-explorer/place/ChIJrw7QBK9YXIYRvBagE...
How much solar energy does San Antonio produce?
San Antonio ranks 6th among the nation's cities with 166.08 watts of solar PV capacity per person. With its high number of solar-viable buildings and strong local efforts to go solar, San Antonio's solar capacity could increase to 9,200 megawatts (i.e., 9,200 million watts) annually.*Google, Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018) https://sunroof.withgoogle.com/data-explorer/place/ChIJrw7QBK9YXIYRvBagE...
What are the advantages of going solar in San Antonio?
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar system prices have dropped 45% in Texas over the last five years.*SEIA.org, Texas Solar (accessed 8/29/2021) https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/texas-solar Low prices coupled with immediate savings on utility bills mean that a San Antonio homeowner who installs solar panels could reduce or even eliminate monthly electric bills.
Most solar providers back their products with 20- or 25-year warranties on their products. The average system will also pay for itself in about 12 years, so you could have 8 to 13 years of savings using a clean energy system.*Energy Sage. San Antonio (Accessed Sept. 10, 2021). https://www.energysage.com/local-data/solar-panel-cost/tx/bexar-county/s...
Solar systems are a smart investment that will deliver an excellent return on investment. Installing solar panels can boost your property value and help attract homebuyers should you decide to sell the home.
How much does solar cost in San Antonio?
The cost of a home solar system can vary due to a range of factors, even among houses in the same city. These factors include the:
Solar system panels and components
Quality of the solar panels
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.*Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
In San Antonio, we found that the average investment to own a 5 kilowatt (kW) solar system—the system an average house can accommodate—ranges from $12,800 to $14,000. Or, in other words, it would cost from $2.56 to $2.80 per watt—and that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.
A measure of energy output, a kilowatt-hour (kWh) is 1000 watts (a kilowatt) producing energy for one hour. The average U.S. household uses just over 900 kWh per month.*Energy Sage, What is a Kilowatt Hour? (Accessed Sept. 10, 2021). https://news.energysage.com/what-is-a-kilowatt-hour-kwh-megawatt-hour-mwh/
San Antonio residents can take advantage of the federal solar Investment Tax Credit. When filing your income taxes as a new solar system owner, you can claim a 26% credit toward the total cost of your system. Applicable expenses for the tax credit include equipment and installation labor costs.
San Antonio is also on the path toward being entirely carbon neutral by 2050. CPS Energy, owned by the city of San Antonio, is the nation's largest municipally-owned natural gas and electric company. During 2020 and 2021, the utility announced a number of bold and innovative plans to radically increase its reliance on solar energy.*Forbes. San Antonio Utility Seeks innovative Backup for 900 MW of New Solar. (Dece. 29, 2020) https://www.forbes.com/sites/llewellynking/2021/12/29/san-antonio-utilit...
The city plans to reach its clean energy goals by offering residents incentives to go solar. For instance, CPS Energy offers rebates for solar customers worth up to $2,500 per residential project, with a $500 premium for projects utilizing local modules.*CPS Energy, Solar Rebate Incentives (accessed 8/30/2021) https://www.cpsenergy.com/en/my-home/savenow/rebates-rebate/solar-photov...
Texas doesn't offer a statewide net metering program. However, CPS Energy also provides net metering to its customers, allowing them to return their energy surplus to the power grid in exchange for utility bill credits. Unfortunately, this exchange is not a lucrative incentive at this time since the utility company only pays what is called an avoided cost, or wholesale rate, for the excess energy your system generates.*CPS Energy. Solar Billing Facts (accessed 8/30/2021) https://www.cpsenergy.com/content/dam/corporate/en/Documents/EnergyEffic...
While Texas doesn’t have a state property tax, solar installations are exempt from taxation on a local level in Bexar County, where San Antonio is located. You can expect to benefit fully from the increase in property value due to a solar system installation.
Please note that tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Similarly, the availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
What's the best way to go solar in San Antonio?
Seek the services of a skilled, reputable solar provider when going solar in San Antonio. These solar energy experts understand that all solar systems are not equal. Your clean energy needs may require a different solar solution than a similar household in your neighborhood.
Before meeting with a solar installer, use a savings calculator to quickly build a custom solar system design for your home. This virtual design will help you estimate how much money you’ll save on electric bills and the amount of power your system will produce.
A solar installer can help you pick the best solar system for your home. They'll consider your energy needs, home design, aesthetic property goals, and budget as they pair you with the right solar solutions.
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