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Why home solar power?

Lower your bills.

No matter the size of your solar panel array, generating and owning your own power versus renting it from the city will reduce your electric bills. Over time your panels will pay for themselves giving you both energy independence and lower or no electric bills.

Add value to your home.

A recent study sponsored by the Department of Energy showed that buyers were willing to pay an average of $15,000 more for a home with a 3.6kW solar power array. In other words, on average, you’re adding $4 to your home’s value per watt of solar power. Similarly, the Texas Association of Realtors found that the average added value on a home with solar panels was over $14,000.

Decrease your footprint.

A medium solar array from TreeHouse, about 19 panels, can produce 5.13kW of power at any given point throughout the day. That means each day your solar panels would have the potential to produce enough electricity to power the average:

  • Refrigerator for 72 hours
  • Clothes dryer for 2 hours
  • Dishwasher for 16 hours
  • Water heater for 1.5 hours

Our Process

  1. Consultation

    Sign up and come into the store for your free consultation with our Home Performance Consultants. We’ll answer any questions you have and show you the ins and outs of home solar power.

  2. Site Evaluation

    Our team will evaluate your roof to determine what size solar package is the best fit for your home.

  3. Proposal

    We will create a proposal for your home solar package, and our Home Performance Consultants will walk you through every detail. Once we receive your final approval, we will send our installer all necessary paperwork.

  4. City Rebate Approved

    TreeHouse will take care of all necessary paperwork to ensure you qualify for the City of Austin’s solar rebate.

  5. Materials Ordered

    The TreeHouse team will order all necessary parts and components for your home solar system. Once your materials have arrived, we will coordinate an installation date that works with your schedule.

  6. Installation

    Solar panel installation typically takes 1-3 days depending on the size of the solar package. After the panels have been installed, we will send a certified, Master Electrician, as required by the installation agreement with Austin Energy, to connect your panels to your home and the utility grid.

  7. Inspection

    The City of Austin requires two inspections on home solar power - one to approve the electrical work and one to approve the panels were installed correctly to qualify for the rebate.

  8. Power Switched On

    Once your panels have passed inspection, it’s time to start generating your own clean energy.


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