Solar is a complicated decision and OhmHome has compiled this guide to Houston solar with the cost of solar panels in Houston and advice on how to estimate cost and savings, navigate state and federal incentives, and find the best solar companies in Houston.
Solar Trends in Houston (Updated June 2017)
Houston solar permits decreased 15% to 11 in June from 13 in June 2016 and decreased 45% from May 2017 (YTD increase of 100%).
Cost of Solar Panels in Houston
The cost of solar panels in Houston 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 Houston
Texas Utility Solar Incentives
Currently Centerpoint Energy does not offer solar incentives. More information on solar incentives can be found on their website.
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 Houston
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.