Going Solar

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

April 27, 2021

Congratulations! You’re on your way toward a future of clean, sustainable energy. Now you just need to determine what size solar installation will generate enough electricity to meet your home’s energy consumption needs. 

In order to figure out what size solar panel system is ideal for you, you must determine how many solar panels you’ll actually need for your roof

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What Direction Should Solar Panels Face?

April 2, 2021

You’re well aware of the benefits of installing solar panels on your home. From reducing or eliminating energy bills to helping the environment, it’s a good idea on many fronts.

But before you get too excited, it’s important to remember that the installation process is both tedious and precise. For that reason, it’s critical to hire a professional to manage the

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How Does The Solar Tax Credit Work? The Ultimate Guide

February 11, 2021
Thinking about making the switch to solar power for your home or business? You’re in luck. The federal government is offering a federal solar tax credit for 2021 to help subsidize the purchase and installation of a solar panel system for residential homeowners and commercial businesses throughout the United States.
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Notable Projects of 2020

February 3, 2021

The sun has set on 2020, and it was quite the year! Despite the difficulties that arose, Freedom Solar had a year of record growth. We’re excited to take a look back and share a few of our favorite projects from a year that none of us will soon forget.

SPACE INVADERS

This unique San Antonio system was definitely

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Do Solar Panels Work in Winter?

December 7, 2020

Contrary to popular belief, temperatures don’t dip in the winter because Earth is farther away from the sun. In fact, Earth is actually farthest from the sun in July and closest to the sun in January. So what does this mean for your solar panels once the temperatures drop? Stay with us as we answer all your questions about

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Here’s What you Need to Know Before Installing Solar Panels on your Home

October 1, 2020

Outfitting your home with solar panels is the first step to a lifetime of sustainable energy. But in order to make the most of your sunshine-sourced electricity, you’ll need to figure out how to make your home produce as much energy as possible. Here’s what you need to know about installing solar panels on your home.

Consider Which Direction Your
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Texas Solar Round-up

July 1, 2020

Welcome to the State of Texas Solar, where we discuss all things solar in the Lone Star state. In the past year, the solar market in Texas has experienced record-breaking growth – as they say, everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the demand for solar. In true Texas spirit, the charge for solar has created friendly competition in

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Average Lifespan of Solar Panels

March 18, 2020

Homeowners and businesses around the country are progressively more interested in making their lifestyle more sustainable by installing solar panels. To determine whether a home solar power system is worth the investment, it helps to understand the average life span of solar cell panels.

The average lifespan of solar panels is 25 years. However, this doesn’t

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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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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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What are solar panels?

July 23, 2018

Solar panels use the sun’s rays to generate electricity that can power our lives. Learn more about the history of solar cell technology, how solar panels convert sunlight to electricity, and how a solar energy system powers a home or a business.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SOLAR ELECTRIC POWER TECHNOLOGY

The sun’s energy is critical to all life on earth,

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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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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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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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10 Questions Homeowners Should Ask A Solar Company

February 2, 2018

Putting solar panels on your roof is a decision that should not be made lightly. You will need to consider which solar company to go with, what kind of panels, where to put them, how much of your electricity to offset, whether to finance the system, the list goes on. Partnering with the solar provider you can trust is key

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7 Questions Organizations Should Ask A Solar Provider

January 19, 2018

Making the decision to go solar can be a confusing, intimidating process. It can be difficult to decide on the solar power system design, which solar panel to go with, how to finance the project, what warranty is best, the list goes on. Partnering with a trustworthy solar provider is crucial to a successful project. SunPower suggests the

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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 making lists! As we look back on the past year, we thought it would be fun to highlight our team’s ten favorite Freedom Solar installations over the past twelve months. We are proud of every project and the positive impact each has on our customers’ electricity bills and

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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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