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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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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
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Energy Independence Through Solar

June 14, 2018

The role of renewable (green) energy is increasing in the U.S.

Early U.S. energy consumers replaced the use of wood with coal, petroleum and natural gas in the generation of electricity. Today, the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power and biofuel is increasing. As a result, the consumption of old, nonrenewable energy sources is

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What Is Off Grid Solar Power?

May 31, 2018

The idea of going off the grid to achieve energy independence is appealing to many people. Who doesn’t want to declare freedom from their utility? Before you decide whether energy self-reliance is right for you, it is helpful to understand the trade-offs between a completely off-grid solar power system compared to a grid-interconnected system (with or without battery backup).

Considerations
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Solar Art Day

April 5, 2018

We were fortunate to have Carol Flueckiger, an artist and Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University, visit our headquarters office this afternoon to deliver a hands-on Solar Powered Painting workshop to our team. The technique she has perfected over two decades uses the sun’s exposure to create cyanotype prints on

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Wrong Marfa is Right for Solar Power

March 1, 2018

If you ever find yourself at the flashing traffic light in the main intersection of downtown Marfa, walk a block south and then turn right. When you see the supersized orange neon horseshoe in front of an old church, you will know you’re at the wrong spot. Make that the Wrong Store. If you get there

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West Texas Artist Chooses Solar for Our Future

January 8, 2018

Carolyn Macartney’s work as a photographer and filmmaker has attracted acclaim and awards the world over. Recently she has taken an interest in painting signs and solar energy. She bounced around the globe before settling in Alpine, Texas two years ago. Carolyn fills her days blending her entertainment and her artistic calling by painting everything from

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Our 10 Favorite Solar Installations of 2017

December 28, 2017

This is the season for reflection, gratitude, new beginnings and (of course) list making! As we look back on the past year, we thought it’d be fun to highlight our team’s 10 favorite Freedom Solar installations over the past 12 months. We’re proud of each project and the positive impact it has on the environment and our customers’ electricity bills.

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Austin Engineer Looks Back on First Year with Solar

November 22, 2017

Jerry Barnes is a semi-retired civil engineer and grandfather who moved to Texas with his wife Shelley, a nurse, 12 years ago. After 32 years in Oregon, he was ready to escape the cold, wet winters and to be able to play golf year-round. When two of his sons in Portland put solar panels on their homes, Jerry became interested

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Willie Nelson: Texan, Storyteller, Activist

October 26, 2017

You can understand Willie Nelson’s life as an exercise in storytelling. His music traffics in characters and scenes, tragedies and triumphs. And his legend grows from eight decades of tall tales about the man himself.

Of the stories he’s told on wax over the years, some of our favorites at Freedom Solar are “Red Headed Stranger,” “Pancho and Lefty”

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A gift for our customers as we celebrate 10 years

October 19, 2017

Freedom Solar is proud to have been serving Texas since 2007, but this milestone isn’t about us – we want to make it about you, the thousands of customers who have chosen to save on electricity and help make the world a better place.

We also want to build a stronger community by helping more people discover solar. That’s why

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Last Call for Austin Energy Solar Rebate

October 17, 2017

Austin Energy’s Solar Rebate Program is a great opportunity to save up to $4,000 on a solar photovoltaic (PV) solution from Freedom Solar. The rebate is designed to make Austin greener by making solar more affordable for homeowners like you.

Details about Austin Energy Solar Rebate

The value of the rebate is applied to each watt

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SunPower PV System vs. Tesla Solar Roof

May 18, 2017

We have received a lot of inquiries about solar shingles since Tesla unveiled their solar roof concept last week. While this technology is certainly appealing and innovative, customers should understand the appropriate use-cases and associated costs.

The new solar roof from Tesla is a roof replacement for your home. The installation requires a customer to replace their existing roof with

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Oncor’s 2017 Solar Rebate: SunPower by Freedom Solar

January 13, 2017

SunPower by Freedom Solar and Oncor want to help you understand what having a few thousand dollars off your new solar PV system looks like. Only a limited number of Texas homeowners will qualify in time to take advantage of Oncor’s 2017 residential solar rebate program. If you’re thinking about solar for your home, now’s the time to contact Freedom

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