How to Go Solar

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Selecting the right solar company for your solar needs is a crucial step in ensuring a successful solar installation. The last thing you want is for your installation company to make significant delays or even worse, go out of business after you’ve already put money down. By following these nine easy steps, you’ll be able […]

Battery Backup FAQs

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Does my home qualify for battery backups? All residential properties can have backup batteries installed. However, some properties may require additional electrical upgrades. Meeting with an energy consultant can help install questions specific to your home. An expert will also help determine the right battery for your home. As of 2023, there are hundreds of […]

Battery Backups – Things to Know

Three Enphase home battery backups installed on home in Texas

Battery backups mean uninterrupted power supply for your home. They can automatically turn on when there’s a loss of power from the grid, meaning no blinking clock on the microwave or computer reboot. For most Texas residents this only saves the occasional annoyance of resetting the time on clocks and possibly re-entering passwords on your […]

Deregulated vs. Regulated Energy in Texas

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Living in Texas comes with a lot of perks: little-to-no snow, great tex-mex food, and less government regulation. Many parts of Texas decided they didn’t want to have their electricity provider be set for them by their local government and instead opted to have multiple companies compete for their business. In this article, we’re going […]

Solar Panels for San Antonio Churches

Solar Panels for Places of Worship

Places of worship play an important part of San Antonio living. They provide a place for a community to come together for a sense of belonging, education, and spiritual growth. Despite the value they bring us, temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues still have bills to pay. So what’s one way they can cut down on […]

Does the Solar Tax Credit Apply to You?

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Anyone looking into going solar has likely factored in the benefits of a 30% tax credit. That’s a large amount taken off the cost. But how do you know if it applies to you or even more importantly, will you ever get to take advantage of the credits? Fortunately, we may have some info that […]

PV Standard Test Conditions

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Standard Test Conditions, or STC; what does that mean in terms of a solar panel? To define STC, we must look at current competitors in the solar industry to better understand what you (the buyer) needs. These STCs are the set of criteria that a solar panel is tested at. Since voltage and current change […]

Solar PPAs: Are They Worth It?

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Solar power’s an investment, a seed planted into your home that over time, generates rapid ROI and creates many benefits for you and your family. Investing into your home holds a great deal of importance, but what does that investment look like if you didn’t really “own” your solar panels? A Solar Power Purchase Agreement […]

Evaluating Solar Panel Performance: Understanding Temperature Coefficient

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Most people likely think that the hot and sunny San Antonio climate is optimal for generating solar power. While San Antonio is a great place for solar, the number of sunny days is the major reason. In fact, hot temperatures can actually lead to small reductions in solar panel energy production. In this article, we […]

How to Read a Solar Panel Spec Sheet

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If you have been shopping for solar panels in San Antonio, you’ve likely encountered a solar panel spec sheet. These are important documents to help understand the different aspects of a particular type of solar panel. Let’s take a look at all you need to know to make sense of these data forms. What is […]

Tier 1 Solar Panels: What Does It Mean?

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If you’ve spent time researching which solar panels to buy for your home or business, you have almost surely come across the term “tier 1 solar panels.” This can often be a bit of a confusing term for buyers. In this article, we discuss the difference in the solar panel tiers, what they mean, and […]

Bifacial Solar Panels

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Introducing Bifacial Solar Panels One of the most exciting aspects of working in the solar industry is the rapid rate at which technology develops, improving the utility of solar panels and reducing their cost. One of the most interesting newer technologies on the market is bifacial solar panels. Let’s take a look at this type […]

Concerned About Hail Damage to Solar Panels? Read This.

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If you are considering purchasing solar panels in the New Braunfels area, one thing you may wonder is how tolerant they are to hail. After all, Texas experiences more hail damage than any other state. When thinking about solar panel hail damage, there are several things to consider. Let’s address those in this blog. Why […]

How Half-Cut Cell Panels Can Improve Solar Efficiency in New Braunfels

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Like many things, the solar panel industry is undergoing rapid transitions as technology continues to improve. The improvements in solar panel efficiency, cost, and other factors over the past few decades have been impressive. One newer type of technology that is providing a boost to solar efficiency is half-cut cell panels. In this blog, we […]

Open Circuit Voltage for Solar Panels

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If you are considering going solar in San Antonio, it’s important to do some research on which type of solar panels is best for your home. A great way of comparing solar panels is by looking at their specification sheets, or spec sheets. However, if you are new to solar energy, you may feel a […]

Solar Efficiency Rating: Does It Matter?

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If you are in the market for solar panels, you have probably noticed that many manufacturers like to tout their solar efficiency rating. For someone new to the technology, it is normal to be a bit confused about what exactly this means and whether or not it is important. Thus, let’s take a look at […]

The Inflation Reduction Act 2022: A Win For Solar

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Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide information on the federal investment tax credit for those interested. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other financial guidance, nor should it be the only source of information when making tax-related decisions. So, you’re interested in going solar and keep seeing conflicting terms about the tax […]

The Best Solar Company in San Antonio

What does it take to be the best?

What does it take to be the best solar contractor? Cue Rocky Balboa theme song It takes experience. It takes dedication. It takes persistence. It takes the ability to get hit hard and to keep moving forward! … Well, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. We consider ten factors that every […]

Photovoltaic Cell Production

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A solar powered home makes a pretty crazy concept when you think about it. Solar panels are basically sheets of metal with some sand crackers stuck to its surface that dance around when in sunlight. Aaaand that, ladies and gentlemen, is how we San Antonio homeowners should power our homes… clearly that seems crazy, so […]

Solar Panel Lifespan

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Purchasing solar panels is often compared to purchasing a car. Some choose to pay for them upfront, while others rather finance them; both are expected to generate a ROI; and you need electricity for a dependable way to power your home, just like you need a vehicle for a dependable way for transportation; However, there […]

Best Solar Panel for the San Antonio Area

Which is monocrystalline and which is polycrystalline?

If you do your research on solar energy, you’re going to notice there’s a lot of types of solar panels. Some are paper thin, some are rectangle boards, some are on roofs, others are on carports, and some are on… well, whatever this thing is: Not to mention the different brands. There’s about 1,700 solar […]

Types of Solar Power Systems

Often times solar energy contractors talk about a solar power system, but what solar equipment makes up a solar power system? There are three way you can utilize your solar power system, which we’ll discuss in our next section. On-Grid Solar System This is what most residential homes have as most solar energy contractors offer […]

How to spot a good solar sales representative!

Most often, information about the qualities of a great salesperson is developed from the side of the employer, not the buyer. For an employer, the best salespeople achieve high volumes of sales, engage in all the promotions, and will sell the full product line. This is great for a company, but not all customers. These […]

Solar Panels and HOAs

Have you been considering going solar but are not sure if you can since you’re in an HOA? Home Owners Associations can dictate a lot of what you can or can not do to your home. When it comes to installing solar panels here’s what HOA’s can and can’t control, and how solar installation companies […]

Where You Can Install Solar Panels

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There are many solar installation companies across Texas. With so many to choose from, why go with one that only offers solar panels on your roof? Though it is the most cost-effective option, if you don’t wany panels on your home you don’t have to install them there. Types of Solar Installation Companies Some solar […]

Types of Solar Companies

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When searching for solar companies it could be a bit overwhelming. There are over hundreds in the state of Texas alone. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you differentiate between the types of solar energy contractors and companies. Equipment Manufactures These are the companies like Tesla, Enphase, and Mission Solar. They make the solar panels, […]

Why Your Business Should Go Solar!

If you own a business in Texas and are dealing with increasing electric bills, then time to consider solar energy. There are many advantages and reasons why commercial solar is great for your business. Here’s a few! Reduce Operating Cost Your business’ electric bill can be drastically reduced or even eliminated. Managing a business is […]

6 Things to Look for When Choosing a Solar Company

Going solar can be a lot more complex than people think. But when you have the right solar company by your side it’s a breeze. How long have they been in business? There are often new solar companies that pop up and then permanently close just as fast. It’s important to ask how long they’ve […]

Why Texas is the Best State for Solar Energy.

Are you considering going solar? If you live in Texas and still haven’t gone solar, what are you waiting for? Texas is one of the best states for solar energy. Here’s a few reasons why going solar in Texas is such a great idea. Texas is one of the top 5 sunniest states Solar panels […]

Eight Myths About Solar Energy

Solar energy is continuing to become more popular as more people see how beneficial it is to go solar. In fact, San Antonio was ranked the No. 1 city in Texas for solar power! With more people interested in going solar more myths about solar energy have emerged. We’re here to debunk those myths and […]

What’s Inside a Solar Panel?

Have you ever wondered what’s inside of a solar panel? If you were to take it apart what would there be? Well to answer those questions we have to look at what solar panels are made out of. The main components of a solar panel are silicon, metal, and glass.   Silicon Silicon is used […]

Five Steps to Lower The ⚡Bill

Texas energy rates are going up so here are a few tips on how to reduce energy consumption. 1. Use a Smart Thermostat Ever notice your electric bill was higher in the summer than it is in the winter? It’s because a big part of your energy consumption goes towards temperature control. By setting up […]

Top 10 Mistakes People Make When Going Solar

More home and business owners are deciding to go solar as electric companies continue to raise the electricity bill. Before committing to a solar company, it’s important to know what mistakes you can make and how to avoid them. 10. Thinking “One Size Fits All” Each property is different. Not every home or business will […]

Three tips to Increase the Lifespan of Solar Panels

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Like most things in life, solar panels don’t last forever. Solar panels usually last between 25 to 30 years. However, they don’t just stop working after 25 years. They continue to work they just won’t be producing as much energy as they use to. There are some helpful tips that you can do to extend […]

Can Solar Panels Cool Your Home?

With hotter temperatures quickly approaching, trying to find a way to cool your home is crucial. Solar panels could be just the thing you need to save money and cool your home.

Hail vs. Solar Panels

Here in south central Texas hail is greatly feared. Mainly because of how costly the damage it leaves behind is. Which makes sense why many people interested in going solar ask whether or not the panels can withstand hail damage. Solar panels are made to withstand the harshest of outdoor elements. They have a tempered […]

Can Solar Panels Damage your Roof?

This is a common question that many, if not all, homeowners looking into solar energy ask. When solar panels are installed, the panels are securely mounted with steel racks and bolts. These racks that firmly hold the panels are bolted into the studs underneath your roof. So, the solar panels are going to be there for as long […]

Solar Energy Pros and Cons

With electric companies raising the bill and looking to continue to raise prices in the future, it’s time to consider going solar. But there are so many conflicting opinions about going solar; some people have great experiences while others have horror stories. Since going solar can seem a little scary, we come up with a […]

Waiting to go Solar is Costing You More Money

  Waiting to go Solar is Costing You More Money As prices continue to rise, the case to go solar has never been stronger! With inflation rates at its highest percentage since the 1980’s, how does that affect the price for a solar power system? With inflation, prices around the world are increasing and the […]

Telsa Powerwall or Enphase Battery?

Tesla Powerwall or ENphase Battery?

We often get asked why we do not install Tesla Powerwall backup batteries. Great customer service and customer satisfaction are important to us. From what we’ve seen thus far, Tesla needs improvement in both categories. There’s also an issue on the more technical side regarding how it goes through power cycles. Lastly, Tesla sells them […]

DIY Panel Maintenance

Learn how to care for your solar panels

There are a lot of reasons to go solar: take advantage of the tax credit, increase the value of your property, and reduce your electric bills. Another great reason is they don’t require much panel maintenance after installation. Outside of an occasional rinse, solar panels are surprisingly durable. It’s not rare to continue producing well […]

Why Your Electric Bill is so High

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on reddit Share on tumblr Share on email Share on print Many Texas electric companies announced in 2021 an increase in cost for electricity. So what does 2022 and beyond have in store? More rate increases. CPS Energy, GVEC, NBU, and PEC have all announced […]

IQ-8s, Generators, Batteries Oh My!

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A few weeks ago I heard going solar is a way of “harvesting” electricity. Isn’t that neat? It’s like farming, and in many ways going solar is a type of farming. We use solar panels to generate electricity just like a farmer uses their land to “generate” carrots, tomatoes, peppers, etc. Unfortunately, in terms of […]

A Breakdown of the 2022 Tax Credit on Solar

Solar Tax Incentives

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide information on the federal investment tax credit for those interested. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other financial guidance, nor should it be the only source of information when making tax-related decisions. So, you’re interested in going solar and keep seeing conflicting terms about the tax […]

The Microinverter That Is Disrupting the Solar Industry

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on reddit Share on tumblr Share on email Share on print The Enphase IQ8 is the newest type of microinverter to rock the solar-powered boat, and it falls into a category all in its own. But first, it’s worth explaining what exactly an inverter is. […]

Best Direction for Solar Panels

A question that always comes up during an evaluation is where will the solar panels go. The first thing we look for  is the roof’s orientation. The more southern-facing your roof is, the more time in a day your solar panels will generate electricity. Why? Because Texas is located in the northern hemisphere , so […]

2022 Is Looking Bright For Solar

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There are some things best left in 2021: COVID shots, those old sweatpants that lost its drawstring years ago, and your electric bill. What makes 2022 the best year to gain electric independence? Here’s a few reasons. Rates Are Up, Up, And In Your Face electric rates in Texas are higher than ever, and will […]

How Does Net-Metering Work?

So you’re interested in getting solar installed on your home or your business, but not sure because the sun is only up about 60% of the time. No need to fret, net-metering is the solution. One-For-One Energy Credit Net-metering (NEM) is how a utility company takes your excess energy generated and provides you an equal […]

How Much Does Residential Solar Cost?

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Cost for Home Residential Solar Installation We get asked all the time – how much does solar cost? Homeowners ask to know how much are they going to save. Everyone in Texas is going solar to save money – so obviously – you want to know how much it costs. At Solar Edge Pros, located […]

What Does a Full Roof Replacement Cost?

It may be because of a high-wind storm or just years of wear. You see the dreaded sign that your roof is past its time — loose shingles on your lawn. It’s only natural to start wondering about the full roof replacement cost. The average cost to tear off and replace roof shingles varies considerably, […]

How to Save Money on the Utility Bill with Solar Power

Are you wondering how you can save money on your utility bill with solar power? The average American family spends $2,060 per year on their utility bills. Of course, the amount you paid depends on your location, the kind of home you live in, the climate of your area, and how much you use in […]

Solar Panel 101: How Much Does It Cost to Power a House with Solar Panels?

As the demand for solar power rises, the cost for it varies. More companies are popping up offering their solar panel kits at different rates.  It’s hard to figure out how much it will cost you. That’s why we averaged out many of these costs in this guide.  Want to stop researching online: how much […]

Finding the Right Solar Company

If you’re getting ready to make the switch to solar, good for you. This is a huge step in saving yourself money on electrical bills and helping reduce your carbon footprint.  However, finding the right solar company can be tough. That’s because there are so many different solar companies out there that it’s hard to […]

The Top Benefits of Solar Power for Your Home or Business

Solar power isn’t just for large commercial or expensive residential properties anymore. With solar photovoltaic system prices falling and forecasted to continue, today, entities of all sizes can take advantage of solar energy’s numerous benefits. According to the highly influential annual report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar power technology is now cheaper than […]

How Solar Power can Help Lower Monthly Utility Bills

There are many advantages of switching to solar panels for your electrical source. For one, it helps you protect the environment. Secondly, it helps you to reduce your carbon footprint.  However, did you know that another of the benefits of solar energy is that you can actually reduce your monthly utility bills? That’s right! Just […]

Electric Bill Rising?

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Let’s Look at the Numbers… Texans in the past years have experienced relatively low rates, but it is looking to consistently go up in the next few years. Increasing costs in natural gas and power supplies struggling to keep up with rising demand look to be the reason. In 2019, the Department of Energy reported […]

Solar is Here to Stay

The Future is… Different. It’s comfortable to think that tomorrow will be similar to the past, but the times are changing – people are wearing face masks, cryptocurrencies are now a thing, and solar panels are on the rise. Nowadays, individuals are deciding to go solar because of the benefits on the environment and their […]

How Solar Energy is Changing the World

The advancement in technology has made it possible for scientists to come up with innovative solutions. From expeditions to the moon, discovering possible life and resources on other planets, exploring the vast galaxies, mankind has come a long way. The earth is a planet of immense beauty and resources. Some of these resources include: fossil fuels, […]

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