Resources

Welcome to the Solar Austin Resources page! Here you can find a series of links and posts about important policy, recent news, and other information related to solar and renewable energy in Central Texas. Please tell us what topics, issues, or questions are important to you via our contact us page.

Understanding and Buying A Solar Solar System

Interesting in pursuing solar for your home, and are you an Austin Energy customer? Find out all you need to you know about how a solar system works and the process of acquiring solar on our public utility’s solar page. In a nutshell, there are several steps you need to take and important information you must know to go solar:

  • You must pass Austin Energy’s solar education course (Spanish version here).
  • There are a couple of different measures to help you pay for solar:
    • After taking the solar course, you can receive $2500 rebate from Austin Energy;
    • You can receive a federal tax credit if you install a system before 2022 (for 30% of the cost in 2019, 26% in 2020, and 22% in 2021);
    • Your solar system may qualify for a property tax exemption.
  • You must apply for and receive a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Austin Energy before system installation in order to be eligible for Austin Energy rebates and incentives.
  • Your solar PV system must be 3kW (AC) or larger.
  • And you must use an Austin Energy Participating Contractor to install your system (TIP: get a quote from at least 3 contractors before committing).

 

Suspicious Solar Ads and Spam

Lately we have noticed a flurry of blatantly false advertising and misinformation designed to exploit unknowing people. Take a look at this blog from the Texas Solar Energy Society to learn more about suspicious ads and spam. If you see a link, social media post, or email related to solar that seems too good to be true, it is!