Guest Post by Eric: 'Solar Power Homes'
HB 1391 is a proposed bill at the State Legislature that would allow Texas homes to be retrofitted with solar panels at no upfront cost to the home owner. In summary, the State of Texas would pay the upfront cost of the solar panels and installation for homes that meet certain solar criteria and in return the home owner would have to pay somewhere around $350.00 more on their property taxes a year (for an average size home). I am not sure how feasible this actually is but this would be a huge step for Texas in the fight for renewable energy. Solar panels are definitely not the most efficient form of renewable energy however it is one of the cleanest. Home owners will not only save significantly on monthly energy bills but also help to reduce emissions and help with the growing demand for new capacity on the existing electric grid.