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SAVE MONEY By Installing Solar Panels In Buda!

12 Apr 2017

Posted in General, Residential by Alba Energy

Interested in saving money on home electricity bills with a solar panel installation in Buda, Texas? You should be! After all, a solar power system can generate thousands of dollars worth of electricity, costs have dropped to all-time lows, AND the federal government offers a 30% tax credit for going green with solar!

Sounds pretty good, right?? It is, and here’s what you need to know about going solar in Austin’s little brother city to the south:

How Solar Energy Works

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels absorb energy from the sun and make direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter changes this DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what homes in Buda use. The inverter is connected to your utility meter and makes a connection with the local power grid from Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC).
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Lifespan, Warranty & Maintenance

Most solar panels come with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty, with an expected lifespan of 30-40 years. Believe it or not, solar panels don’t require a whole lot of maintenance. However, you’ll want to make sure your solar panels have full access to light and stay relatively clean (no dust, dirt, sand, pollen, bird droppings, etc.) to keep your panels functioning at full capacity for as long as possible.

Related Reading: How Long Do Solar Panels Really Last?

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Incentives, Net Metering & Reimbursement

Many electric utilities across America offer Solar Rebates & Incentives as financial encouragement for their customers to adopt the technology.

In Buda, the local power company uses net metering, which routes power through a single meter that measures the PEC-delivered electricity you receive and subtracts the amount of electricity exported by your solar system. This saves the cost of purchasing an additional meter and allows you to receive a credit for any surplus electricity generated by your solar power system.

Surplus electricity above what you consume during your billing period is credited at PEC’s net energy credit rate, $0.0465 per kWh.

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While Pedernales Electric Cooperative does not offer their own solar rebate, Alba Energy recently announced a rebate program designed for homeowners in regulated service territories like PEC. A one-time rebate of up to $3,000 is now available for new customers! Visit the Solar Rebates & Incentives in Texas page to learn more.

Ownership Options

Like many other home improvements, customers often pay cash or use financing to make a monthly payment towards the cost of going solar. You can look into getting a PEC Empower Loan, go through your local bank for a home improvement loan, or use financing options offered by Alba Energy.

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Related: View Solar Powered Homes in Texas

Ready To SAVE MONEY With Solar In Buda?!

Based in Austin, Alba Energy specializes in the design, engineering and installation of exceptional quality commercial and residential solar systems across Texas. Learn more about a solar solution for your home or business by calling 800-238-3112 or signing up for a FREE solar consultation today!
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