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
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
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
Over the last 12 years, we’ve seen a lot in the rapidly changing solar industry, from falling costs (down 70% since we were founded in 2007) to the number of U.S. solar-powered homes and businesses reaching the 2 million mark in May of this year.
From our humble beginnings installing solar on one house at a
Buying solar panels for your home is a big step. Although there are many things to consider before installing solar panels, they are no longer just for high-tech futurists. The rest of the world has finally caught up — in fact, last year a new solar installation went online in the U.S. every 100 seconds! If
Solar energy is booming all across Texas: the Lone Star State was recently ranked the third fastest growing solar market in the nation. Texas is expected to add 4,266 megawatts of solar power by 2023, a huge increase from 2017, when the state had a mere 1,874 megawatts of solar capacity.
Some of Texas’s urban
One thing Texas homeowners understand about summer is that when it comes to their electric bill, “heat” is a four letter word. This summer looks like it could see higher Texas electricity rate prices and headaches.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting another sweltering Texas summer with temperatures above
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
Solar capacity in California already dwarfs Texas but is growing quickly in both states. In fact, they represent the number-one and number-two states, respectively, for solar growth. Recent policy changes in California will lead to a continuation of those trends.
In May 2018, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved a new measure that would require
Houston-area residents hoping to power their homes with solar energy can rejoice: A new 1,800-acre solar farm scheduled to be installed in Fort Bend, Texas, will bring hundreds of megawatts of solar power to local homes.
Construction on the $170 million project begins next year, and facility owners are planning to have the farm live by
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%
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,
Experts are predicting big things for green energy; solar capacity is expected to double over the next five years, while wind energy is projected to increase to more than 400 gigawatts of installed capacity by 2050. Meanwhile, staying on top of the solar market means keeping pace with a whirlwind of technical
Texas may not be known for its progressive stance on renewable energy — the state was practically built on oil, after all. However, that reputation is quickly being built by one small town north of Austin.
In 2014 Georgetown, Texas, began making plans to obtain 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources, namely solar and wind. Using bids contracted
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
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
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
Right around Earth Day this year, we launched a new radio show and podcast called Texas Energy Lab to highlight conversations in sustainability and innovation across the Lone Star State.
Every week our hosts interview business and community leaders to hear their story, learn more about how they’re channeling their energies to improve the world around
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
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
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
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
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.