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What Can You Run on Solar Energy in Your Home

We’re not fond of burying the lede, so...you can use solar energy to power anything in your home! Want to start your own bitcoin mining enterprise? You can do it. Are you a snowman who uses 3 AC systems to cool your home to -4 every summer? You can power them all with solar energy. That is, if you have a big enough solar array. With that in mind, let’s hone in on what you should really focus on: the size of solar array you’ll need to power your home. The needs of someone living off-the-grid with a home designed for low power usage will differ from those of a family living in the suburbs with modern amenities. Both of these homes can be entirely powered through solar energy. What size of solar array do you need? There are a ton of different methods for calculating power consumption. You’ll want a solar array that meets the needs of your household - that’s why no two solar arrays are exactly the same. Generally, it’s a good idea to overestimate how many solar panels you’ll need. After all, we can only ever calculate average power consumption - by overestimating, you’ll account for spikes in electricity usage. The easiest way to find out how much power you use is to check your electrical bill. Most utilities will provide a figure for the number of kWh of power you use - this is often per month, per quarter, or per year. You’ll then divide that number by the number of days in a month/quarter/year to get how many kWh your household uses per day, then divide that number by 24 to get your hourly power usage. You’ll be able [...]

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The Best Time for San Antonio Solar

The Best Time for San Antonio Solar Panels Installation One of the most frequently asked questions about solar power in San Antonio, is when is the best time to install solar panels and save the most money.  Here's 5 reasons that right now is the best time to install solar panels in San Antonio, Texas. Solar Investment Tax Credit - The Investment Tax Credit(ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit, allows you to deduct a percentage of your total solar installation from your federal taxes.  Applying to both residential solar systems, there is no cap on it's value.  But unfortunately, this program does have an upcoming end date for residential applications.  The ITC started out at an incredible 30%, decreased to 26% in 2020, and drops to 22% in 2021.  Looking forward to 2022, the ITC is scheduled to go to 0% for residential solar installations and 10% for commercial solar installations. To receive a 22% federal tax credit, you will need to start planning now and not put it off another year. CPS Energy Solar Rebates - San Antonio has an incredible partner in their CPS utility company.  Currently, CPS Energy is offering up to $2500 per installation of a new solar system, with an additional $500 if you install locally produced solar panels. In addition, CPS Energy has chosen to promote local solar installers by decreasing his rebate by 75% for not using a local installer. Financing has Incredibly Low Rates Right Now - American Sentry Solar has many long standing relationships with a wide variety  of the best lenders available in Texas.  We work with residential and commercial solar lenders to get you some of the best [...]

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