Solar energy is a great clean energy source. It doesn’t increase pollution, is a form of renewable energy, and is completely free to operate. You certainly won’t run out of sunlight in Austin. Solar energy also helps us reduce our dependence on other countries for our energy needs.
Even though solar energy is an ideal energy source for us in Austin, it is still not widely used. The main disadvantage to switching to solar energy is the cost. New systems can easily run anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000. Yes, the systems do pay for themselves within a few years just with the money you’ll save on your electric bill, but it’s not always enough for some people to make the investment.
Fortunately, several utility companies across Texas offer special incentives for customers using solar energy. Austin Energy’s Power Saver program offers rebates and tax credits to help customers offset the cost of installing solar power systems. In fact, they offer one of the best solar photovoltaic rebates in the country. They also offer rebates and tax credits for customers who install solar water heaters. This program can help cover nearly half of the system’s cost.
Check Austin Energy’s website [LINK TO http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs/Rebates/Solar%20Rebates/index.htm] for the guidelines and application for these programs. There’s never been a better time to switch to solar power in Austin.