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Tue Aug 20, 2013, 08:23 PM

In Texas, Oil Is Big But Solar Is Cheap

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/08/19/2492781/the-installation-prices-for-residential-solar-in-the-nation-can-be-found-in-texas/

Despite foot-dragging by the stateís leadership on solar policies, residential solar installation prices recently hit $3.90 per watt in Texas, lower than anywhere else in the nation. Itís part of a nationwide plunge in installation prices for the smaller systems ó generally 10 kilowatts or less ó used for individual homes. According to a new report out of the U.S. Department of Energyís Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, that national price fell from around $12 per watt in 1998 to $5.30 per watt in 2012.

Large utility-scale solar systems saw a similar plunge in installation price, hitting $4.60 per watt in 2012. But itís the small, distributed residential systems that could fundamentally remake the electricity market in America, and have been a large part of the growing pro-solar coalitions between environmentalists and the Tea Party.
Granted, residential solar is still a relatively small slice of national capacity, but itís also been the least sensitive to seasonality and market volatility.

And according to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory report, of all the states with measurable observations of 15 or more, Texas clocked in with the lowest median price of $3.90 per watt.

CREDIT: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & US Dept. of Energy
Garrett Gordy, the owner of Texas Solar Outfitters in Houston, told the Houston Chronicle that heís sold 10-kilowatt systems for as low as $3.60 per watt. At that price, after accounting for various tax incentives, such a system would pay for itself within 12 years.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 08:42 PM

1. We llive in Texas and just had a solar array installed.

I'm not sure how much we paid per watt, but Oncor paid for half and then we got a pretty good tax deduction. Total about $22K, our cost about $9K. Would have been about $8.3K but we added some extras. So far (3mo.) we are saving about 40% on our bills.

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Response to broiles (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 09:54 PM

2. br... what is the peak output of your system? .nt

 

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Response to broiles (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 08:03 AM

3. Only 40%?

I had mine installed last December and have been running a credit since.

We went with a company in San Antonio called Circular.

Our array was designed to cover all our electric costs in peak months.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 10:20 PM

4. We have an all electric house. No gas and its a big house.

To meet all of our needs exceeded what Oncor was willing to subsidize. I'm happy to get what I got. Maybe later I will go for the whole shebang. I wish.

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