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SOLAR ENERGY- ABOUT SOLAR ENERGY

 

Solar as a Renewable Energy

Sun light is a natural resource, which can be converted into electricity. Using sunlight instead of natural gas, oil, coal or wood for meeting our energy needs helps protect the environment and promotes the use of renewable energy resources.

What is Solar Energy?

Solar power technologies are those that use reflective materials to harness the sun’s energy, or heat, to generate electricity. Solar panels are a good example of these technologies.

Several solar panels joined together in an array can generate enough electricity to power a home’s appliances or other electrical devices. To learn more about renewable energy click here.

Solar Energy Saves You Money Solar Rebate Program

El Paso Electric has a Solar PV Pilot Program which offers an incentive, or rebate, to customers who install solar energy systems at their homes or businesses. The financial incentive helps customers reduce the cost of installing a solar-energy system.

By installing solar on your home or business, you can generate a portion of your own electricity and help the environment. To qualify for the rebates customers must meet certain eligibility requirements, including working with an El Paso Electric-authorized service provider.

Want to learn more about the program? Visit El Paso Electric’s frequently asked questions page

Getting Started

El Paso Electric customers must work with El Paso Electric-authorized service providers who submit applications for incentive funds. Current list of authorized service providers.

For more information contact the El Paso Electric Energy Efficiency Program at (915) 521-4488.

Did you Know?

El Paso is one of the best places in the world to create energy from the sun. A solar photovoltaic (PV) system in El Paso could generate 20 percent more energy than a similar system would in Denver or Dallas.

Investing in wind energy isn’t ideal for El Paso. While there is plenty of wind in the spring and fall, the wind is typically very calm in the heat of the day in the middle of the summer when power is at a premium.

There are several companies in El Paso that can help you install a solar energy system at your home or business. Right now there are 16 contractors, who have registered with El Paso Electric's solar program.

The federal government has solar tax incentives for both homeowners and businesses? For details on how much you might qualify for, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s consumer energy tax incentives page.

Installing a solar system doesn't make sense if your house wastes energy. Your best investment strategy is to target those low-cost energy efficiency aspects of your home like adequate insulation and sealing leaks before considering a solar energy system. Many local contractors can give your home an "energy audit" that will tell you what improvements you can make to your home and how much those changes will save you over time.

 
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