Solar panels offer a bright, alternative source of energy that is abundant in Texas and does not pollute the air. The team at Mustang Electric are experts in the field of solar panel installation and can assist you in determining how best to fit solar panel efficiency into your home or business.
A primary factor in placing solar panels is to determine how many will be necessary, which is based on three questions:
- How much electricity does your household consume?
- How much surface area is available on your roof?
- How much sun exposure does your roof receive?
Various types of solar panels are available, and some are extra-efficient to meet your needs.
The US Government and Solar Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy is ramping up to assure that more Americans can have affordable solar energy. The goal of the U.S. Solar Energy Technologies Office is to support a transition to a clean energy, decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and a decarbonized energy sector by 2050.
What this means is reducing the carbon emissions caused by burning fossil fuels, such as coal or gas. The cleaner method of creating energy is to use solar and wind power.
Solar energy is expected to grow from 20 percent of the U.S. electricity generation in 2020 to 22 percent by the end of 2021. This will account for 39 percent of all new electricity in 2021, surpassing wind energy for the first time, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Homeowners in the Texas Hill Country can benefit from significant incentives for installing solar panels as an alternative energy source. A residential federal tax credit allows taxpayers to claim 26 percent of installation costs for systems placed in service by Dec. 31, 2022. In 2023, the credit is reduced to 22 percent and will eventually expire. While the tax benefit is not actually payable via a tax refund, you will reduce and possibly eliminate taxes paid. Ask Mustang Electric about other incentives available.
How a Solar Panel Works
The sun provides a clean and non-harmful resource for electricity. A solar panel is built similar to a battery. With layers of positive and negative semiconductor material, the sun’s energy frees electrons in the material, creating direct current electricity. This energy is captured and converted to alternating current.
Depending on the size of the home and the angle of the panels, the solar panels installed by Mustang Electric can power all or part of the energy needed for a home or business.
Solar Panel Installation Process
As with any major revision to a home or business, there is a process for solar panel installation. Mustang Electric’s experience with solar power will assure that you have a system that works for you.
- Consulting — Mustang Electric will assess your power needs and determine the panels and supplies needed.
- System design — We will build a unique design for your individual situation.
- Permits — These are necessary to meet some HOA and city requirements.
- Installation — Professionals go to work to place the solar panels efficiently and in the best location.
- Review and approval — Your municipality might require city approval before the system is turned on.
- Apply for tax credits and rebates — Save all of your receipts and file with your annual IRS taxes and for any additional rebates.
Solar Panel Longevity
Typically, solar panels are expected to last 25-30 years. Various factors will influence their capacity, including placement and inclement weather. Solar panels will not necessarily stop producing energy after 25 years but might be less productive, according to manufacturer’s standards. Mustang Electric works with clients to assure that the panels they install will be long-lasting and efficient.
Buy Solar Panels Locally
An advantage to purchasing solar panels locally is that the company knows the local solar trends and can give you a more personalized service. The angle of your home or business in relation to the sun and where you can place your panels will affect how much energy they can provide.
Installing solar panels on your home can dramatically reduce both your dependence on traditional utility companies and any negative environmental impact. And while it might take six to 10 years to recapture the expense of the installation costs, the following years of energy independence will offer you confidence. Solar energy pays off in the long run.
The electricians and staff of Mustang Electric of Marble Falls have the experience with solar panels to help you make a smart investment in harnessing the sun’s energy.