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The ASES Houston Solar Tour is here to support residences and business owners not only during the tour, but throughout the year, therefore, we have provided this online area where you can find information on Incentives, Glossary Terms and other helpful articles, downloads and info.

We will be growing this section throughout the year so don’t forget to bookmark it and check back often!

DID YOU KNOW…

Renewable Energy Industry By the Numbers:723

  • 2013 will be the first year solar will beat wind in annual capacity installations.
  • In 2012 there were 120,000 people employed in the U.S. solar industry, 13% more than in 2011.
  • 70% of ALL solar capacity in the U.S. has been installed in the last 2.5 years – and is expected to double over the next 2 years.
  • The sunshine that falls on Texas each month, has more energy capacity than ALL of the oil that has ever been pumped from the state.
  • After adding over 30 GW in Global Solar Capacity in 2012, total capacity went over 100 GW – 2013 estimates include more than 35 GW.

SOLAR NEWS ARTICLES

Texas Claims Cheapest Solar Installations

August 16th 2013, Houston Chroncile, by Zain Shauk

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory showed that the cost of buying and installing solar panels fell 14 percent between 2011 and 2012 for the average residential system. Texas has the lowest median price at about $3.90 per watt of power generating capacity installed, without taking into account any incentives or rebates, the report said.
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After a Slow Rise, Solar Starts to Shine

June 17th 2013, Houston Chroncile, by Jeannie Kever

Ed Bajorek is a bottom-line guy. So it wasn’t the feel-good aspects that prompted him to spend serious money for a rooftop solar installation at his appliance and cabinet shop.

“I look at everything long-term”, said Bajorek, owner of K&N Builder Sales. “I suspect in the winter, we won’t have any electric bill. Now is the time to do it, because business is good right now.”

Cal Morton, an executive at Texas Solar Outfitters, said that sort of thinking is drawing more people to solar. “It’s not jut a tree-hugging enterprise,” he said. “It’s also people who know we have a limited capacity to generate electricity in Texas, and want to shield against future rate increases. With solar, you’re pre-paying your electric bill for 30 years, and you’re locking in that cost, because the fuel is free.”
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2013 ASES Houston Solar Tour Program
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2011 ASES Houston Solar Tour Program
2010 ASES Houston Solar Tour Program
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