How to Use the Solar Calculator
The best way to learn about local rebates, your home’s energy potential, and your eventual return on investment is to use our ModSun Solar Cost Calculator (see above). Enter your home address in the box, then click Check My Roof. You’ll get an instant picture of your roof’s productivity, your average energy expenses, and installation costs in your area—whether you decide to buy or loan. We’ll also provide system size recommendations and information about rebates and incentives you may be eligible for. Just select More Info under each purchasing strategy to learn more, and then connect with a solar pro.
Solar Panels in Fort Worth, Texas
With the advent of deregulation in Texas in 2002, the door opened for significant changes to the electricity market. Prior to Senate Bill 7, one utility company served a specific region. This meant there was no competition and customers had no way of controlling the cost of electricity.
When the bill went into effect, it allowed for retail electric providers (REPs) to open for business. Not only did this open the market for new business, it also provided employment and a way for customers to choose the type of plan that best suited their individual needs.
In Fort Worth, deregulation is alive and well. With a long list of providers and plans to choose from, you’re sure to get the best deal for your dollars. One way to do this is to incorporate solar panel energy into your lifestyle.
About Solar Panels
Solar power isn’t a new fad. It’s been around since the 1950s when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration put the renewable and sustainable energy source to good use to generate electricity.
The process for a solar panel system is simple, involving just a few steps. First, the PV cells in the panels convert the sun’s rays into direct current (DC) electricity. Next, an inverter takes the direct current and converts it into an alternating current (AC). After the electricity passes through the inverter, it then moves on to the main service panel that serves as the base for diverting the electricity to areas of the home or business. The last step is the net meter that measures the amount of electricity your home or business draws from the main grid. It also measures the excess or surplus electricity your solar panels have generated. When you do your research on area solar providers, you’ll want to choose one that buys back your surplus electricity.
Checklist for Solar Installation
There are several things on your checklist to do when considering solar installation. One of the first is determining how many panels containing sun-absorbing photovoltaic cells are needed for your home or business. In general, a solar panel system generates between 4 kW and 10 kW. On average, 4kW to 5kW is what most residences need.
Once you choose a provider, the technician who will be installing the solar panels will size your home or commercial building. Once sized, you’ll be advised of the amount of kilowatts necessary to adequately power your home or business.
Another thing to consider is if your local city or county government requires any permits prior to installation. You’ll also need to know if there are any zoning restrictions for solar panel installation where you live or where your business is located.
Where to Install Solar Panels
The roof where the panels will be installed must be strong enough to support the weight. The panels will need to be positioned at a 30-degree angle where the sunshine is most abundant. Shaded areas or anything that could block the sun from the panels must be avoided.
You do have the option of solar panels being installed on the ground but there must be enough room, and again, there must be nothing to block the sunshine from the PV cells located in the panels.
Finding a Solar Provider in Fort Worth
One of the best resources for finding providers in Fort Worth is to use the Power to Choose website to find a listing of providers in your zip code. From the lists, you’ll be able to compare the rates, plans, and pay options for each provider. Read through the terms of service, check the complaint score, and check the fact sheet for specific information including whether the provider offers an agreement for purchasing your surplus electricity.
Benefits of Solar Panels in Fort Worth
- Lower monthly utility bill
- Federal tax credit helps lower the initial cost
- Solar panels increase property value which in turn equals a positive return on investment (ROI)
- Receive a property tax exemption which means regardless of the increase in the value of your property due to solar installation, you won’t be taxed on the increase.