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“Everything’s Bigger In Texas” – Unknown

However, Texas homeowners have seen some of the largest rate increases of up to 70%.

It’s important to understand your state’s specific policies regarding solar, which may make it more or less beneficial to the individual homeowner.

Buying a Solar system in a regulated market is different than buying a solar system in a deregulated market. In deregulated markets like Texas, homeowners can choose which retail energy provider they wish to use, while a regulated energy market is where a utility company owns the electric transmission lines and all associated infrastructure and either generates or purchases electricity to sell to its customers. 

The main difference between a regulated and deregulated energy market is that in a regulated market, the state or federal government controls the prices and terms of service for electricity and natural gas, while in a deregulated market, prices and terms of service are determined by the market forces of supply and demand.

Here are a few of the Texas Solar Incentives homeowners can enjoy after adding solar panels and transitioning their homes to solar power:

State Incentives/Rebates/SRECs: 

The state of Texas does not currently offer any specific incentives or rebates for solar energy, but it does have a number of programs in place to encourage the adoption of renewable energy. These include the Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires utilities to generate a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources, and the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone program, which aims to encourage the development of renewable energy projects in certain areas of the state.

Net metering: 

Net metering is rarely offered in Texas. Those utilities that do offer Net Metering typically operate with monthly true-ups, discounted Net Metering Credits, or a number of non-bypassable charges. As an alternative to Net Metering, some utilities offer buyback, export, or other value of solar rates that vary widely in benefit to the customer. Each utility should be reviewed individually to understand the economics of its post-solar billing structure. Texas allows residents to connect their solar panels to the grid and receive credit on their utility bills for any excess electricity they generate.

Tax Exemptions:

Texas provides a 100% property tax exemption for residential renewable energy property.

Solar Rights:

Texas House Bill (HB) 362 limits homeowners associations (HOAs) and property owners associations (POAs) from restricting solar devices outright. To comply with this law, homeowners that live in neighborhoods with HOAs must still follow the normal procedures for seeking improvements, including a written request or application to an appointed Architecture Review Committee or similar council.

Note: These programs and incentives may change over time, so it’s always a good idea to check with the state’s PUC (public utility commission) and other references listed below to find out what options are currently available.

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A residential solar system is a great way to reduce your energy costs while doing something positive for your community and the planet. However, when a home solar system is not designed and sold with integrity, it can have a tremendous negative financial impact on the homeowner.

Throughout The Definitive Guide to Residential Solar in the U.S., you will discover the many ways that homeowners have been taken advantage of by smooth-talking solar sales reps. Only to find out, often many months or years after they signed an ironclad contract, that their home solar system is not producing anywhere close to the amount of energy that they were told it would. Many of these homeowners found themselves having to pay a monthly solar bill on top of an electric bill, that they were told would vanish after installing solar panels. This is the unfortunate reality for thousands of solar pioneers and it is the #1 reason that residential solar deserves the bad reputation it has in many markets across the U.S.