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Residential solar system

Residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems generate electricity directly from sunlight. Unlike fossil fuel power plants they require no water for stream generation and produce no global warming gases like CO2 and air pollution. Unlike wind turbines, they have no moving parts (and hence, very quiet), and require little or no maintenance.

A residential solar system is comprised of arrays of solar PV panels or modules, the aluminum racks for supporting the panels/modules on your roof, electrical wiring, and an inverter which optimizes the power generation and converts DC electricity into AC for home use of AC appliances. Any surplus electricity can either be stored in a battery system for night use or fed to the existing utility grid system.

When you install a residential solar system, your utility monitors how much power you generate and how much power you use. If your solar system generates more electricity than you need, your system will send the extra power to your utility, crediting you for the power you generated but didn't use. If you use more power than you generate, you draw power from your utility grid as usual. Your utility will bill you based on your net electricity consumption. This is called net metering.

Solar PV system will increase your property value

Solar system will increase your home's value in two ways — by reducing annual operating costs and adding a capital asset to your property. And the property tax is exempted in Texas:

"The Texas property tax code allows an exemption of the amount of the appraised property value that arises from the installation or construction of a solar or wind-powered energy device that is primarily for the production and distribution of thermal, mechanical, or electrical energy for on-site use, or devices used to store that energy. "Solar" is broadly defined to include a range of biomass technologies...Those wishing to claim this exemption must fill out Form 50-123, “Exemption Application for Solar or Wind-Powered Energy Devices”.

For more information please visit the website: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=TX03F&re=1&ee=1

Residential Solar Tax Credits, State and Utilites Loans and Rebates

Federal tax credits are available at 30% of the installed residential solar system cost, with no upper limit through 2016 (for existing homes & new construction).

For more details please visit the website: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits

For Texas loans and rebates, please visit the website:

Austin Tx SolarTech LLC is happy to answer any questions you have on residential solar systems. Please find our contact information here.

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