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How can the solar tax credit help you save this year?

January 15, 2020

The Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a powerful tool that helps you save with a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The ITC is a 26 percent tax credit, with no cap, that helps make solar more affordable for homeowners and business owners. When you install solar panels at your home or business, 26% of the installed system cost

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Strengthening Our Austin Community with I Live Here I Give Here

November 4, 2019

To fulfill our mission to empower all Texans to get clean, affordable, reliable energy from the sun, the Freedom Solar business model is centered around cultivating solar and community all at once. Because our Austin-native founders live and work here too, we understand the importance of working together to build a stronger, more sustainable community as our city and the

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Lila Ontiveros Is Raising the Solar IQ in Houston

August 9, 2019

As the Lone Star State’s longest running solar company, Freedom Solar has deep roots in the state, especially in Central Texas where the company was founded. In the last few years, we have aggressively expanded to high-solar-potential but low-solar-adoption population centers with deregulated electricity markets – most recently to Houston.

In May of this year, Freedom Solar hired Houston native

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Ground Mount Solar with Backup Power Supply in Central Texas

April 12, 2019

A homeowner on Lake Travis west of Austin was looking for a solar backup power system on his property. We were able to build and connect an attractive ground mount solar panel array in a landscape design and a backup power supply with an off-grid component.

The array is made up of 36 SunPower E-series 327-watt DC solar panels, arranged

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SunPower Tax Season Solar Rebate Promotion

March 13, 2019

It’s tax season, which is the time of year most of us figure out how much we owe the federal government or how big our refund will be. Did you know that home solar panels can be an effective way to offset your tax liability while reducing your monthly energy bills?

2019 is the last year to claim the 30%

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8 Green Energy Leaders in Texas

February 28, 2019

You don’t have to know much about Texas to know that we have a lot of state pride. From our tacos to our state parks to our economic outlook, there are lots of reasons to love the Lone Star State.

Now our state’s residents have yet another reason to brag: the burgeoning Texas green energy movement. All over the state,

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Teaching Solar Power to the Next Generation

December 7, 2018

David Hurtado recently installed 29 SunPower solar panels on the rooftop of his family’s home. The solar power system will offsets about two-thirds of his family’s electricity usage and avoid 9.5 tons of CO2 emissions annually, which is like taking two cars off the road for a year,

His daughter so interested in the new home solar panels that she

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Five Easy Tips for Holiday Energy Savings

November 26, 2018

It’s the most wonderful (and hectic) time of the year! Between gift-giving, celebrations, and winter setting in, most families see their household expenses go up during the holidays. The last thing you want to worry about is kicking off the new year with a surprise electricity bill.

Fortunately, there are a few simple tips to keep your costs in check

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Texas Solar Events

August 11, 2018

This your source for Texas events related to solar power, green energy, eco-friendly living and home improvement, and electric vehicles. We’ll do our best to keep track of events all across the Lone Star State.

FALL 2018 SEPTEMBER
  • AUSTIN
  • Drive Electric Day, Saturday 15th – CANCELLED due to rain.
  • Affordable Infill Tour, Sunday 23rd, 10:30a-5p – Presented by The Alley Flat Initiative.
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Types of Solar Panels – Advantages and Disadvantages of Each

July 26, 2018

Today, there are manufacturers who are making solar panels using many different solar technologies and types of solar cells. Silicon (Si) is the most common material in solar cells, which are a key component of solar panels. There are different types of solar panels made from silicon, each of which have different advantages and disadvantages. There are many

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7 Uses of Solar Energy

July 12, 2018

Our sun is the source of all life on Earth, and solar energy is useful to us in many different ways. The sun creates two main types of energy – light and heat – that we can harness for many activities ranging from photosynthesis in plants to creating electricity with photovoltaic (PV) cells to heating water and food. So, what

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The Race to the Most Efficient Solar Panels

June 28, 2018

As with all forms of renewable energy and electricity generation generally, solar companies are continually looking for ways to increase solar panel efficiency. Producing more electricity per square foot of solar panels makes your solar power system both more cost effective and more sustainable, as it reduces the amount of raw materials required for each system.

WHO MAKES THE MOST
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Who makes the best solar panels?

June 21, 2018

As the solar power industry continues to grow worldwide and solar companies proliferate, it can be difficult to determine which of the dozens of manufacturers make the best solar panels. In this article, we present the most important considerations to evaluate the quality of solar panels and share recent findings from third-party review sites.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Several criteria can be

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Energy Independence Through Solar

June 14, 2018

The role of renewable (green) energy is increasing in the United States. Early U.S. energy consumers replaced the use of wood with coal, petroleum and natural gas in the generation of electricity. Today, because the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power, and biofuel is increasing, consumption of old, non-renewable energy sources is gradually declining.

Of

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