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The TL;DR on solar panel installation in San Antonio

Learn more about the benefits, regulations, and steps for installing solar panels in San Antonio.

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Do you know the requirements for installing solar panels in the Alamo City?

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It’s no secret that the Texas sun is about to torture us again this year, pushing us to crank up the AC. We don’t even want to think about what it will do to our energy bill. Many locals may be thinking it’s time to consider the options when it comes to electricity — solar electricity.

We’re here to breakdown the rules + regulations to help you understand the basics of solar electricity in San Antonio.

What’s solar power and how does it help?

Solar power harnesses the sun’s radiation to help reduce the cost of energy, contribute to a resilient electrical grid, and generate backup power.

There are upfront costs for equipment (like photovoltaics or various types of panels), and installation — but users report savings over time both in their energy bills, and the associated 22%-30% federal tax credit.

Here in San Antonio, that startup cost is approximately $11,315-$13,830 up front — usually paid off in six to eight years. Estimated savings over 25 years is anywhere between $26,187 and $32,006.

You can estimate your specific cost and savings based on location and usage with this calculator.

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Check the numbers and see what solar power system best suits your needs.

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Local regulations

Installing solar power in San Antonio requires a qualified registered contractor to check your home and the selection of the system you want.

CPS Energy is not a manufacturer, supplier, installer, nor guarantor of the solar panel system. However, through its Simply Solar Program you can research different resources + benefits for the system that best fits your needs.

Getting started

In Texas, solar panels are typically installed on the south side of the roof for maximum sun exposure. Double-check with your neighborhood or homeowner’s association for specific guidelines when it comes to street-facing installations.

A qualified solar installer — like Big Sun Solar and GreenLight Solar— can help determine the appropriate size panel based on your energy consumption, roof size, and solar exposure.

Check out SolarReviews or EcoWatch to compare prices and ratings of local companies or explore Forbes’ top recommendations.