Solar is a complicated decision and OhmHome has compiled this guide to El Paso solar with the cost of solar panels in El Paso and advice on how to estimate cost and savings, navigate state and federal incentives, and find the best solar companies in El Paso.
Solar Trends in El Paso (Updated June 2017)
El Paso solar permits decreased 50% to 47 in June from 93 in June 2016 and increased 6% from May 2017 (YTD increase of 12.5%).
Cost of Solar Panels in El Paso
The cost of solar panels in El Paso has dropped significantly in recent years due to the increase in module supplies and other supply chain efficiency improvements. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Q4-16 Sunshot report, the median price of residential solar in major markets was $4.20 per watt with the lowest 20% at approximately $3.50 per watt.
Solar Incentives in El Paso
Texas Utility Solar Incentives
More information on solar incentives in El Paso can be found at the El Paso Electric company renewable energy page and the city of El Paso.
Federal Solar Tax Incentives
The IRS offers a 30% tax credit for solar systems based on the cost after state rebates and credits (discussed above). It is important to note that that federal tax credit only applies to purchased systems and you need sufficient tax liability to claim the credit. The federal solar tax credit was set to expire in 2016, but was recently extended through 2019, at which point it will start to decrease to 10% by 2022. The IRS form 5695, Residential Energy Credits can be found here.
Solar Financing in El Paso
The number of solar financing options has expanded significantly in recent years to includes a number of low-interest rate loans, as well as power purchase agreements or solar leases. To learn more, refer to our lease or buy solar guide.