Solar-Powered Homes: Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking about going solar? Here are some common questions and answers about how it works.

Will solar power impact my home’s value?

It will, in a positive way. Your return on a solar investment is often better than for a kitchen upgrade. And most owners of residential solar systems receive their investment back in energy savings within 10 years. Solar systems even increase your home’s curb appeal.

Should I buy or lease?

A lease means a company installs your system. As the owner, that leasing company keeps federal, state, or federal credits. So you miss out on the financial benefits of ownership if your panels are leased. The benefit to leasing is you’re not paying for the whole system up front.

Are there tax breaks for owning a system?

Texas offers a 100% tax break for the rise in your home value after you install solar power. There is also a federal incentive. You cannot apply for it in a year that you don’t owe taxes—but you may carry it over into a later tax year.

How will the physical presence of panels impact my home?

Researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego found that a panel system helps insulate a house. In Texas, where we use a lot of air conditioning in the daytime, it’s worth knowing that a building’s ceiling stays 5 °F  cooler under a solar panel system than a ceiling under a roof without solar panels.

So, solar power works for Texas residents?

Texas has no shortage of sunshine, and cities with municipal power plants are nationally recognized for their output. Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio are notable solar leaders.

Overall, owning a solar system is not only possible for many Texas homeowners—it’s also an attractive investment.

The Promise of Solar Energy

Thinking about installing solar panels? They’ll help reduce energy bills, make your home eco-friendlier, promote energy independence, and support local jobs. Here’s how.

Bring Down Your Energy Consumption

Consider the big picture: the potential savings over 20 years, because of your stable power generation and lowered consumption. Homeowners generating excess electricity can receive credits from utility companies. Local rebates, state incentives, and Solar Renewable Energy Credits can make the switch to solar quite satisfying. The sunnier your location, the more power you’ll generate.

Even under cloud cover, panels still produce some energy while the home makes up what it needs from the power grid. And solar power is drought-resistant. Other power sources can guzzle water in the cooling process, so they’re vulnerable in heat waves and droughts. Solar systems offer greater stability in warming climates.

Earn Tax Benefits and Raise Your Home’s Worth

You can claim 30% back on product and installation costs from your federal income taxes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017 changed many provisions of the federal tax code, but left the commercial and residential solar credits intact through 2021.

Needless to say, tax breaks and the solar system itself attract contemporary home buyers. Home buyers across the country consistently show a willingness to pay a premium of $4 per watt—about $15,000 for a 3.6-kilowatt photovoltaic system.

At the same time the panel materials help insulate a roof, increasing a home’s overall efficiency.

Help Create Energy Independence

Solar power uses the sun’s clean and infinite energy. It spares the atmosphere dangerous greenhouse gases, while offering freedom from the fossil fuel market. Reduce pollution, save water, support new jobs in clean energy. Going solar, you’ll do it all.

Today’s solar systems work well and make sense. Join the million-plus homes that already reap the benefits. Call the Dallas Solar Panel experts today at 972-236-5826 for a free no-obligation consultation.