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Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Renewable energy in Texas

 
As of this writing, the price of Solar power has gone down to a very affordable market price. Today the current cost of the Solar panels alone is around $0.80 per watt. Just 5 short years ago that price was significantly higher ($2.00) per watt. This changes the price of the panels alone on a 5KW system (pictured) to $4000 today, instead of $10,000 from just a few short years ago. Cost of Racks, inverters, and labor will change based on who you use to install.
 The question now is, should I invest in solar technology? The cost of power from grid providers is also very low. When will it go up? when will the grid market change? and how with that affect me?

The great thing is that the price of mounting racks, inverters, and other equipment to install has also gone down over the last few years, and makes looking at supplimenitng your power needs more appealing.

The cost of natural gas has stayed low over recent history, but looking at solar water heating is still a really good option for heating water.

This past year, I turned on my Solar Pool heater in March and was able to swim until November. Here in the DFW area we get all kinds of weather. This year was very mild and did not get cold until late in the season. Solar Pool heating is simply transferring heat from your roof or ground mount system to the pool water flowing through the plastic tubes. The heat transfer also worked very well in the summer time to cool the pool down, I just ran my pool pump at night instead of during the day and the pool was always kept at a constant temperature.

Solartexas.com is committed to helping people understand renewable energy.

I am currently doing consulting and design, but if you have a question about any renewables, Please feel free to call or email.

Have a great day!

Jay




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