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Solar Storms, Halloween, and IES Solar Power Treats

Estimated time to read: 4 minutes October 25, 2023 This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, with solar storms and solar flares that can bring your Halloween season to a colorful nightly sky. Solar flares hit us last year on October 31st and caused a stunning green and red northern light performance. To date, one of the scariest solar storms to have occurred in our lifetime came during Halloween in 2003, as seen in the below images taken in Houston, Texas. What causes these solar flare storms and how do solar flares affect your property and Solar Energy System? Here, we are…

7 Reasons to Consider Solar

Time to read: 6 minutes Updated October 18, 2022 Get Started! If you've been checking into our offerings here at IES Texas Solar, you probably know that solar energy is the power provided by the sun that can be used to power your home, farm, ranch, or business. It is sustained through a technology called photovoltaic (PV) cells, which is an amazing technology that turns sunlight directly into electricity. Homeowners, business owners, farmers, and ranchers around the nation are installing solar panel systems on their roofs and around livestock areas to take advantage of this clean and renewable way to…

Backup Power and Energy Storage – Solar Energy System’s Side-Kick

Time to read: 6 minutes October 18, 2022 Being able to rely on your power when you need it the most is one of the most common reasons that Texans switch to a Solar Energy System. Many cite Winter Storm Uri as the reason they make the switch while other Texans reason that high electric bills, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events as the reason they installed a Solar Energy System with a generator and/or batteries. Whatever the weather or situation, more and more Texans are installing Solar Powered Systems. But what do these systems offer in terms of energy…

Brandon Rickett Interview

Time to read: 4 minutes IES Texas Solar, a company located throughout Texas, has announced the publication of a new blog post that features an interview with Business Development Manager Brandon Rickett that focused on the IES Texas Solar’s  approach to installing solar panels. IES Texas Solar has more than 40 years of experience in serving the needs of residential and commercial buildings in Texas. Brandon develops and nurtures relationships with custom home builders. He suggests IES Texas Solar as a Solar Energy solution provider to help customers decide if solar energy is a good alternative for them. Currently, IES…

Solar Buyback

Time to read: 6 minutes If you’ve been keeping up with our posts in the past, then you know that we’re big fans of financial incentives that make solar more affordable. Today, we’re going to be exploring one of the more unique things that a Solar Powered System can offer you and your family: solar buyback. We’re joined by two experts from IES Texas Solar: Solar Consultant Kristin Killgore and PV Design Engineer Kevin Marceski. Kristin and Kevin have helped us explore other topics in the past, but today they’re here to show us how solar buyback works and what…

How are you Affected by the Upcoming ERCOT/Brazos Co-op Bankruptcy Deal?

Time to read: 4 minutes Finally, things appear to be coming closer to a decision on the Brazos Electric Power Cooperative bankruptcy filed at the beginning of last year as a result of power costs accrued during the 2021 Winter Storm crisis. Hopefully, there can be some type of power bill cost normalization as their bankruptcy comes to an end. There are expected changes with this deal that could affect Texas power grid customers and you should know what they are. As Texas ever so slowly approaches fall, power switching decisions should be made sooner rather than later before company…

Solar Powered Community Stands up to Hurricane Ian

Time to read: 5 minutes It might sound like an exaggeration, but we’re being completely honest when we say that Solar Powered Systems are built to withstand hurricane force winds. Hurricane Ian has caused massive amounts of destruction in Florida, leaving many without homes and power. Despite the destruction the storm wrought and the resulting power outages, a community that is 100% solar powered never ran out of power, even after the storm passed right over them. If you’ve ever needed proof that a Solar Powered System is one of the sturdiest things under the sun, then look no further.…

Why Solar Power is Perfect for Texas Farmers and Ranchers

Estimated time to read: 5 minutes We’ve covered both commercial and residential installations in many of our previous posts. There is, however, one type of installation that we haven’t shed enough light on yet. Farms and ranches are other types of areas that can greatly benefit from going solar. Today, we’ll be taking a look at why investing in a Solar Powered System could be the best decision for your farm or ranch. Why are Texas farms ideal for solar?  Just like the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the farms. Texas has the largest number…

Winter Energy Bill Hikes

Time to read: 4 minutes With fall here and winter on the horizon, Texans are hoping to have some relief from the high heat from the previous summer. With (hopefully) chilly weather coming over the course of the next few months, what kind of energy bills are Texans going to be looking at? The cost of heating is a common concern for Texas residents, especially after winter storm Uri caused rolling blackouts and other problems in 2021.  There are several reasons that energy bills have been increasing over the past several months, but will the winter be any different? In…

Houston’s First Day of Fall Feels Like Summer

Time to Read: 2 minutes Houston Heat Although fall is here, that doesn’t mean that Texans will be free from the heat from the summer. September 22, 2022 was the first day of fall, but the state of Texas will still be “flirting with the triple digits” according to the Houston chronicle. According to the same article, the highest recorded temperature for this date was 99 degrees in 2005. Although the weather is expected to drop to the 90’s, the first week of fall may still feel like summer.  Possibility of blackouts remains With the news of possible triple digits on…