State of Solar PV in Houston

Posted on: September 21, 2018

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The Houston area has experienced a 19% increase in rooftop PVs increasing to over 9.5 megawatts of solar power capacity. Los Angeles is leading the way with over 349 megawatts while San Antonio is close behind with over 161 megawatts of solar power capacity. These are exciting times for our environment, community, and the technological advancements of PV systems.

Here are some key planning activities we can help with:

  • Investigate your home’s energy efficiency
  • Assess your solar potential and any limitations
  • Assess your options for going solar
  • Estimate your solar electricity needs
  • Obtain bids and site assessments from contractors
  • Understand available financing and incentives
  • Work with your installer and utility to install the system and set up agreements

It is important to have a professional analysis of your home and geography to make sure a system will feasible. Here are some of the Pros and Cons of PV Solar Power:

Pros of Solar Energy

  • Save money while earning back your investment
  • Offers you more control over rising energy costs
  • Helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions
  • Improves your home value

Cons of Solar Energy

  • Can be intermittent and may be inefficient during cloudy and rainy days
  • If your electricity costs are low, so are your solar savings
  • Investment may take some time to reach break-even point
  • Existing roof considerations can be delimiting; may not work well in some places vs others