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Texas solar power overview

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The sprawling size and sunny days of Texas make it one of the top states for solar energy. Thanks to the growing investment in renewable energy technology statewide, homeowners now enjoy a below-average cost of solar in Texas. Based on market research and data from top brands, we’ve found the average cost of solar panels in Texas to be $2.69 per watt. This means a 5-kW system would cost around $9,953 after the federal solar tax credit. This is especially valuable when you take into account the unpredictable Texas energy rates.

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Texas solar power metrics

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$62,059

Avg. lifetime savings over 25 years (10 kW)

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7.5 years

Avg. payback period

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$14k-$27k

Avg. payback period

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$10k-$20k

Avg. cost with tax credit (5-10 kW)

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$2.69: watt

Avg. cost in TX

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18,280 kWh

Avg. annual power production (10 kW)

Projected lifetime savings over time, based on purchase type

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If you have the funds, paying in cash will maximize your long-term savings. For those without the necessary cash flow, a solar loan will make the most sense. Leases, for the most part, are still guaranteed to save you money, but they come with fewer benefits and less flexibility.

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Purchasing a solar system could qualify for a 26% tax credit, based on the total equipment and installation cost.

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Texas?

Size of Solar Panel System

Texas Solar Panel Cost

Cost After Federal Tax Credit

5kW

$13,450

$9,953

6kW

$16,140

$11,944

7kw

$18,830

$13,934

8kw

$21,520

$15,925

9kw

$24,210

$17,915

10kW

$26,900

$19,906

What do solar panels cost in Texas?

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$2.73 per watt

Cash purchased Before 26% solar tax credit

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$3.05 per watt

Financed Before 26% solar tax credit

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$50-$250/month

Leased Estimate for average lease cost

Pros and cons of installing solar panels in Texas

Long, sunny days and below-average solar installation costs make Texas one of the best states in the U.S. for generating energy with solar panels.

Solar panels increase home value everywhere, but mostly in areas with generous net metering policies and solar rebates. Your area may not appreciate as much as some TX cities.

Energy usage dictates solar system size and cost. The higher your energy usage, the greater your solar needs will be.

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Electricity produced by solar panels in Texas

Solar panel efficiency varies depending on your latitude — the further south you are in the U.S., the more you’ll get out of a small system.

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Solar panel efficiency can convert over 20% of the sunlight’s energy into electricity, especially if your roof is obstructed by little shade and faces south or west.

The best way to determine whether your home is a good fit for solar electricity is to contact a solar installer in your area. A solar energy specialist can come to take a look at your home and give you a custom recommendation.

The Best Green Energy Plans in Texas

Here’s a chart outlining some of the 100% renewable energy plans available in Texas to give you a general overview of what’s out there. Plans are based on cents per kilowatt (kWh) at a monthly household usage of 2,000 kilowatts.

Plan
Term (months)
Rate (¢/kWh)

Gexa Saver Deluxe 12

12

6.9

Gexa Saver Supreme 12

12

7.3

Gexa Saver 12

12

7.8

Gexa Saver Save Select 12

12

9.0

Gexa Saver Value 12

12

12.1

Gexa Saver Freedom 12

12

12.2

Gexa Saver Freedom 36

36

12.2

Gexa Saver Premium 12

12

13.5

Gexa Saver Premium 24

24

13.5

Gexa Superb Saver 12

12

14.8

Green Mountain Pollution Free e-Plus 12

12

11.1

Green Mountain Pollution Free e-Plus 24

24

11.3

Lone Star Green 12

12

11.9

Lone Star Green 24

24

11.6

Lone Star Green 36

36

11.2

Rhythm Texas Breeze 12

12

11.3

Rhythm Texas Breeze 24

24

10.6

Rhythm Texas Breeze 36

36

10.2

Plan

Gexa Saver Deluxe 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

6.9

Plan

Gexa Saver Supreme 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

7.3

Plan

Gexa Saver 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

7.8

Plan

Gexa Saver Save Select 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

9.0

Plan

Gexa Saver Value 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

12.1

Plan

Gexa Saver Freedom 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

12.2

Plan

Gexa Saver Freedom 36

Term (months)

36

Rate (¢/kWh)

12.2

Plan

Gexa Saver Premium 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

13.5

Plan

Gexa Saver Premium 24

Term (months)

24

Rate (¢/kWh)

13.5

Plan

Gexa Superb Saver 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

14.8

Plan

Green Mountain Pollution Free e-Plus 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

11.1

Plan

Green Mountain Pollution Free e-Plus 24

Term (months)

24

Rate (¢/kWh)

11.3

Plan

Lone Star Green 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

11.9

Plan

Lone Star Green 24

Term (months)

24

Rate (¢/kWh)

11.6

Plan

Lone Star Green 36

Term (months)

36

Rate (¢/kWh)

11.2

Plan

Rhythm Texas Breeze 12

Term (months)

12

Rate (¢/kWh)

11.3

Plan

Rhythm Texas Breeze 24

Term (months)

24

Rate (¢/kWh)

10.6

Plan

Rhythm Texas Breeze 36

Term (months)

36

Rate (¢/kWh)

10.2

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The information on our website is general in nature and is not intended as a substitute for competent legal, financial or electrical engineering advice. As forecasting solar savings involves assumptions about future electricity prices you should be aware such estimates are inherently uncertain.