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South Texas Solar Systems Inc., completes solar panel installation on H-E-B Plus in Boerne, TX. 

In early November 2020, Tesla and subcontractor South Texas Solar Systems, Inc., (STSS), began the installation of H-E-B Plus, located at 420 W Bandera Rd., Boerne, TX. The system has 1,251 solar panels installed and 9 – 33kW inverters. 
STSS has completed more than 10 H-E-B installations as the subcontractor for Tesla. Dan Hudson, Commercial Project Manager, has been a part of each one.
He claimed that the Boerne installation was going to get done in a “new way.” Hudson explained, “Each inverter represents a system of its own. All modules connected to one inverter would be set, wire managed, and terminated, ultimately tested at the inverter level. Think of it as that system completed and on to the next.” 
Hudson said the difference with the installation process was using the PanelClaw FR Racking. “PanelClaw FR Racking allows you to layout array racking, ballast blocks, mechanical attachments, and the wire manage to the inverters before setting the modules. As long as the design is not riddled with jumpers and sleeves, there’s around a 15% to 20% cut in build time,” Hudson added. 

When you purchase a home, is it the best or the worst one?

Chances are, the best one! So, when homeowners are in the market for the best solar power companies, they look for experience, honesty, and work quality.

Those three key points can help homeowners find the best solar power companies.

In the case that a homeowner is looking for a Panasonic Solar Elite Installer, which alone can make that, particular company the best.

Another case is when a homeowner already has a solar panel system installed and the original installer up and vanishes, so now that homeowner finds themselves in need of service and maintenance.

The best solar power companies will be local and offer system/battery servicing and solar panel cleaning as a qualified service.

There are even the best solar power companies, who specialize in solar + battery storage.

Homeowners who are familiar with the process of using solar power to run their home appliances know that if a power outage were to occur at night (when there is no sunlight to make power), those appliances would not work.

Except, now there is battery storage that you can add to your system or request with your new system to help you feel safe even during a power outage. By storing the excess power from the sun on a given day, the system creates extra power and sends it to your battery for use during the night or during an outage.

Homeowners are continuing to experience the benefits of owning a solar panel system. While the Federal Tax Credit has decreased, it remains useful to those going solar right now.

The benefits from incentives and rebates are among the benefits homeowners implemented into owning their system.

By trusting in the best solar company, you receive all the proper information in guiding you to receiving any incentives or rebates in your area.

If you or someone you know is in the market for going solar, South Texas Solar Systems has been serving south Texas since 2007.

Experience the power of going solar.

Call (210) 796-5616

There are over 400 companies recognized throughout the U.S, and South Texas Solar Systems continues to be one of them.

According to recent publishing in Solar Power World, Solar Power World, the solar industry’s leading business-to-business publication, today announces the release of the 2020 Top Solar Contractors list. The Top Solar Contractors list is the most recognized annual listing of solar contractors in the United States working in the utility, commercial and residential markets.”

The article goes on to state, “The Solar Power World team is so pleased to highlight more than 400 companies on the 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, especially during this unprecedented time,” said Kelsey Misbrener, senior editor of Solar Power World.

“All contractors featured on the 2020 list reported strong 2019 installation numbers and are continuing to stand tall this year.”

This year South Texas Solar Systems has kept a steady employee rate during the COVID-19 pandemic. STSS listed their employee status as 70, primary market: residential, primary service: rooftop contractor, total Kw installed since founding: 17,793, and Kw installed in 2019: 4,854.2.

Some may agree that due to the displacement of an economic downturn is the reason our cost of living may be rising.

While some homeowners are setting up shop at home with an off-grid solar system, others are settling into the new ownership of energy with residential solar panels.

Either way, solar power is helping consumers save money and benefit from it. 

Take a look at an off-grid solar system and what it can do.

Did you know an off grid solar system can grant your usage to become 100 percent offset? Not only will you be off-grid, but will no longer be tied to a utility provider; unless you had a gas fee owed. 

Looking at all the options to go solar is good too.

Most homeowners choose residential solar panels and have them installed on their rooftop. Some homeowners prefer a ground mount solar system, which does not get installed on the roof and can be designed as an off-grid solar system too. 

No matter what type of solar system you seek, whether it be an off-grid solar system or not, it’s smart to know what your rebates are in the area and incentives. You can include those in both designs.

There is only five months left for homeowners or business owners to receive up to a 26 percent tax credit from the Federal Government this year when switching to solar power.

The amount calculates to about $5,069, which most consumers apply to their total cost of system. This incentive saves you a large amount of money and puts you one step closer to having no payments.  

There is good news you still have time to apply for the tax credit and speak with your financial advisor on the process. The bad news could be that this incentive will go down after 2020, and go away after 2022. 

According to a recent article on Solar Power World, the H.R.2 Act, also know as the “Moving Forward Act”, should be voted on before July 4. 

“Many solar and storage provisions are included in the bill, including:

  • 5-year extension of Sec. 48 and 25D of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) at 30% through 2025, followed by a two-year phase-down (2026 at 26% and 2027 at 22%)
  • Direct pay proposal at 85% for section 48 qualifying projects for the same amount of time as the PTC/ITC credits exist
  • Storage ITC
  • Proposals to incentivize investment in clean energy for low income and underserved communities
  • Tax credits for clean energy manufacturing
  • Grid modernization provisions
  • Funds for transmission planning with a requirement to account for renewable energy generation
  • Grant program for solar installation in low-income and underserved communities
  • Funds for renewable energy installation in community institutions, such as schools
  • Improvements to public lands renewable energy development programs

The above information was provided by industry advocacy group Solar Energy Industries Association,” according to Solar Power World.

The weather said “Not today” to the SpaceX launch on May 27, but the mission is rescheduling Demo-2 to launch May 30, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

Did you know SpaceX operates from four different locations? Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex and Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex both located in Florida, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and South Texas Launch Site in Texas (approximately 22 miles was of Brownsville).

SpaceX is owned by Elon Musk, whose mission on the SpaceX website states, “You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great – and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than in the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.” Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. 

So, why are we telling you about SpaceX? 

On April 10, 2020, South Texas Solar Systems, a Tesla Energy affiliated sub-contractor finalized the expansion of a 149kW photovoltaic (PV) ground mount for SpaceX at the South Texas Launch Site. “The system serves as an addition to an existing 450kW PV ground mount. The output from both systems is used to power the SpaceX facility in this area,” said South Texas Solar Systems Commercial Project Manager, Daniel Hudson. 

The finalized expansion of the commercial solar panels included, 422 Trina 345 Watt solar modules, 1 SMA peak 125-kilowatt inverter, and Solarflex racking. 

The solar industry and Musk are aiming for the future and that means commercial solar panels can help us get there.

Once the SpaceX mission launches this month (hopefully), the thought of knowing what type of technology took place to get us there is extraordinary. 

The company STSS, has been installing commercial solar panels all throughout south Texas for more than 11 years. Solar panels for businesses continues to grow in popularity, due to the federal incentives and utility rebates (if any).

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