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South Texas Solar Systems: Go solar for $0 down for 3 months


SAN ANTONIO – If you’re tired of paying hundreds on your energy bill, now is the time to invest in solar energy.

South Texas Solar Systems have been designing, installing and maintaining quality solar systems since 2007.

💰You can even eliminate up to 75-100% of your electric bill with solar energy!

South Texas Solar Systems customer review:

This man is paying little to nothing on his electric bill!

A customer who has bought solar panels from South Texas Solar Systems said, “I can’t stress how good of a deal you can have with solar.”
The first bill that this customer had from CPS Energy was only eight dollars after he went solar, the rest of his bills have been for twenty cents.

“They are the ones I trust. I would refer them to anyone,” said the customer.

The customer said, “South Texas Solar Systems is the best solar company I’ve worked with. I checked around and they are the ones who took care of me.”

Benefits of investing in solar panels

1. $0 Money Down

When you switch to solar panels at South Texas Solar Systems you pay nothing out of pocket.

2. $0.68 Per Watt Rebate

The rebates from CPS Energy are only during a certain time of the year. Make sure to ask CPS Energy when the rebate period ends.

3. 30% Federal Tax Credit

Say what?! You can even get up to 30 percent of your money back when you file your taxes for 2018.

Dan Moran, vice president of marketing/sales, South Texas Solar Systems said, “When you invest in solar you’re investing in your families future.”

To request your quote with South Texas Solar Systems, you can CLICK HERE or call 210-405-8628.

South Texas Solar Systems is located at 10203 Kotzebue, San Antonio, TX 78217.

How do solar panels work in the Texas Solar Market?

The Texas Solar Market works to help build a reliable power grid. In April 2019, San Antonio based-Mission Solar Energy held their annual fiesta event with sessions on trending topics.

The Texas Solar Power Association Executive Director, Charlie Hemmeline, spoke about the Texas Solar Market.

Texas Solar Power Association Executive Director, Charlie Hemmeline

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), is an integrated grid. Even though, solar is installed in different parts of Texas everything is connected.

The ERCOT grid operator pays attention to the total amount of resources online at any time.

The grid operator supplies the meet and demand to keep the grid on.

“As solar grows they have to be very clear about what we are going to produce, so they can know how to plan and know what they can count on at 3 o’clock on a hot summer day when the grid is maxed out,” said Hemmeline.

   Consumers wonder how do solar panels work or perform as expected? Solar is dependable because we know when the sun is going to shine.

Even though clouds do happen, they don’t happen statewide at the exact same time. In July of 2018, while Texas was experiencing a heatwave, “solar produced almost exactly as expected, in fact, a little more,” said Hemmeline.

   A look at we are at today with the context of the grid is that power is needed. ERCOT measures a planning reserve margin, which right now is at 7.4 percent.

Policy makers would like to have a planning reserve margin of 13.75 percent.

Hemmeline added, “Solar is making an actual grid wide contribution now. We are helping raise this reserve margin because solar is growing more than any other resource and we are actually boosting those reserve margins.” In order for us to attain the other half of the reserve margin, in accordance with policymakers, the bill must pass on distributed generation and consumer protection.

Both of those factors fall under the incentive programs that are available to help homeowners or businesses go solar.

But how do solar panels work for the wholesalers? With all the innovation happening with the economics of solar we are seeing more players getting involved, such as the oil and gas industries.

Hemmeline explained, “The transmission and distribution utilities, such as Oncor, Centerpoint, and AEP are now interested in using storage facilities for distribution level reliability. The Texas rules as they are right now are unclear on if whether they are allowed to do that.”

However, Hemmeline stated there is a bill moving through, “that would give [transmission and distribution utilites] the authorization to contract with a third party provider of storage to provide those storage services if they see it’s cheaper than building new poles and wires.” It caps at 40MW statewide.

The Texas Solar Market will continue to look at the 50,000MW of solar that has been used for recent development in more than 80 counties and all over the state of Texas.

Energy industry has been experiencing a radical change and the gradual shift towards renewable energy sourcing is more than evident.

Nevertheless, not all that looks sustainable stays that way upon the end of its life cycle.

At least that is the most common worry regarding photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.

They are a sustainable source of energy, dependant only on solar radiation, and capable of delivering electricity to our homes.

However, what happens to solar panels when they fail to perform efficiently? Explore their journey through the recycling process:

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There is no I in solar, but there is a U in sun. Solar power in Texas is growing in capacity and it’s because of you and people like Alan Montemayor.

Montemayor is a San Antonio native, who attended Mount Sacred Heart School and Lee High School. Montemayor has a bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.

At one point he moved to California to work in alternative fuels.

Then Montemayor came back to his hometown and worked at Southwest Research Institute up until 2010. He was with Southwest Research Institute for 25 years.

Today, Montemayor sits on the board of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance and volunteers with the Sierra Club.

   So, why are people like Montemayor making a difference with solar power in Texas and in San Antonio?

   Montemayor and his wife reside in a 100% windtricity home.

They pay CPS Energy “a little extra” each month to account for their energy as if it was coming from the wind farms. And with plans to switch to solar energy and drop their windtricity, Montemayor hopes the amount of energy that comes from the sun in his house will power 100% of their use. “The most important thing in solar is to first minimize your use of energy to make the house as efficient as possible,” said Montemayor. Their home was originally built in 1959 and was “poorly insulated”.

In 1986, Montemayor and his wife moved in and he immediately installed an energy efficient air conditioning unit, water heater, R-38 insulation in the ceilings and blown-in insulation. Since then, Montemayor has installed energy efficient appliances, replaced all their exterior windows and doors with double pane argon, and replaced light bulbs with LED bulbs. They also minimize their energy use by controlling their thermostat.

   Montemayor and his wife are proud to be moving toward solar. In fact, they are not doing it to save money, but rather to set an example for neighbors and anybody who passes by their neighborhood. “The solar panels [will be] located on the front of the house, where people can see them,” added Montemayor.

Since his retirement, Montemayor and his wife have been traveling the world. They’ve been to 64 countries. Solar power in Texas isn’t the only place Montemayor has experienced solar. In fact, Montemayor and his wife have seen it all over the world. “We’ve been to the opposite end of extreme large concentrated solar arrays in Spain, where they have these huge mirrors that reflect the sunlight up to a central tower and a big boiler in the tower that generates electricity,” said Montemayor. “We’ve seen it on islands, where electricity is very expensive.”

Solar energy isn’t the only renewable that strikes interest with Montemayor. He would like to see electric vehicles continue to transition as well. Montemayor owns a 2003 hybrid Prius and a 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is a battery electric vehicle.

The Mitsubishi ranges up to 60 miles and drives at 3 cents a mile. Right now Montemayor hopes to become the first person in San Antonio to have South Texas Solar Systems Inc. install for him the first inverter that is SolarEdge EV ready, which is an inverter that will have an EV charger integrated into the inverter. “So, theoretically, when the sun is shining and CPS Energy is active, I will be able to combine solar energy and grid energy and fast charge my vehicle,” explained Montemayor.

   Montemayor encourages the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and CPS to adopt renewable energy. “I’m a realist. I realize getting to 100% renewables is not necessarily going to be an easy thing. What we really need is energy storage associated with our solar and our wind,” said Montemayor.

   Right now CPS has a pilot program at Southwest Research Institute to generate power with a large solar array and store that energy with a big battery.

Then there is the ongoing discussion between SAWS and CPS about a large solar array to be located at SAWS H2Oaks Center, which is their desalination facility. “If it passes it will be wonderful for San Antonio. In such an event, such as a big power outage San Antonio will still be able to have water supply powered with the storage energy using the storage water that is in the aquifer storage facility,” explained Montemayor.

Searching for the best solar company in San Antonio

This year solar energy is making headlines all over the nation.

While solar energy is the utmost cleanest and renewable source out there, its uses are becoming more popular.

When researching for the best solar company in San Antonio, you probably use Google to search for solar companies and then scroll through their services, etc.

What people need to know is the best solar company in San Antonio is the company that ranked #1 for a consecutive year on the list of rooftop solar energy companies from the San Antonio Business Journal.

The ranking is cumulated by the total number of kilowatts of local systems installed in 2018.

Earlier this month KSAT 12 announced a new report by the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, who reported San Antonio ranked No. 7 in the United States and No. 1 in Texas for solar energy capacity.

   With only a quarter of the year already in wraps, solar energy is powering up homes and businesses left and right. In fact, solar energy can be stored with a solar battery and used at night.

Solar energy and its uses are inevitable for an efficient lifestyle. Aside from generating electricity for lighting, etc., solar energy can be used for heating water.

Here is an example of another use of solar energy from a recent San Antonio event known as SA Earth Day.  

The Westside Development Corporation reached out to South Texas Solar Systems Inc. in hopes of using solar energy to power the event’s PA sound system, guitar, a bass amplifier, and microphone. STSS was happy to help out the cause and provided their 20-foot off-grid container, equipped with six solar panels, two outlets, a flat screen, and AC unit. The off-grid container was built to sustain 20kwh. So with a little help from an extension cord, SA Earth Day was powered up by the sun and South Texas Solar Systems.

   Now with Spring in full effect and Summer blazing its way to Texas, solar energy is in demand and only the best solar company in San Antonio is ready to supply customers with what they need to switch to solar.