Click on the image above to check out our interview about a San Angelo install we recently completed for the Barnhart family.

Solar CenTex owner Scot Arey speaks about why Sun Action Trackers are the most effective way to have solar

Solar CenTex partners with Concept by US as its first Texas installer for the POWERStation 247 battery storage system

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Solar CenTex serves Solar Energy Storage Market in Central Texas

2017 Home & Garden Expo - Belton, TX

Solar CenTex exhibited at the 2017 Home & Garden Expo, which took place at Bell County Expo Center February 25-26, 2017. We had a great turnout, with our demo pergola being the focal point as people walked underneath it. We were also excited to unveil the POWERSTATION 247, a combination battery and inverter system, at the show.

We're officially open in San Angelo!

Even though we've already installed a number of solar power systems in the Concho Valley area, we were incredibly excited to officially open in beautiful downtown San Angelo on February 3, 2017. Check out local news station KIDY FOX's video (above) about our big day. Watch the video below of Scot speaking at the event, explaining what solar means for a community.

We are proud to co-sponsor the Formula 4 the Future program in San Angelo, which provides money to local students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) interests.

During this Solar Saturday, we announced the 2017 Oncor incentive program.

 

We also talked about one of our favorite topics - battery backup. More and more of you want to know about how to make sure you always have power, and we answered your most pressing questions.

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Customer Appreciation Day

What a great event - so wonderful to see about 100 of our customers and friends. We grilled burgers and dogs, had some cold refreshments, and talked about our low electric bills. What better way to start off a Texas Summer. Here are some pics.

Temple Cultural Activities Center Solar Dedication - Dec 1st

The Hamilton Co-op ground mount made the news - and that means we did too!

The Hamilton Cooperative leadership team has been great to work with. They understand solar is coming to Texas and they are learning how solar can best benefit their membership.

 

The ground mount they installed for their members to learn from was recently shown in the Texas Electric Cooperatives newsletter.

 

We installed it with the eGauge monitoring system and that means they can monitor solar generation and as importantly, what they use.

 

Thanks to HCEC for sharing this article with us.

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the output of this system at:

 

http://egauge21492.egaug.es/index.html

Great day at the Hill Country Solar Tour @ the PEC Liberty Hill office, Oct 3rd

Thanks to PEC for sponsoring this great event again. 

 

Folks really wanted to know about batteries and storage and as you can see below, it was the main topic all morning and afternoon.

Our first Solar Saturday was a big hit!  We had about 15 people join us for coffee, donuts and solar talk.  We'll schedule the next one sometime in October.

A Ribbon-Cutting Event for our expanded Center and Warehouse!

The time was right for us to expand so we had a place to show customers our products as well as to keep more inventory so we could install your system even more quickly.  The June 11th ribbon-cutting with our past customers and the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce peers and friends was really great!

People are talking about us!

The Killeen Daily Herald released a story on Jan 18th.  I think it did a great job of showing the value and durability of solar modules.

 

Perhaps most importantly - it squelched any thoughts that one had to be wealthy to have solar.  We think everybody can benefit from the quantifiable "return on investment" value of solar...aka "really low electric bills."

Solar Power World Top 400 Contractor!

We're thrilled to have been selected as a Solar Power World Top 400 contractor.  Here we are at the Annual Awards Gala at the 2014 Solar Power International Conference.

 

You can read more about this at this link to a spotlight article on Solar CenTex

Recognized by Texas for workforce development 

We're thankful that the Texas Workforce Commission is invested in workforce development because we're using the Skills for Small Business training grants to bring Veterans into the solar industry.

 

We were recently recognized at a regional awards luncheon. Thanks to Workforce Solutions - Central Texas for helping us make this happen.

Talking Veterans and Solar at the Renewable Roundup

I hope you saw us at the Texas Renewable Roundup.


This year, Scot spoke about bringing Veterans into the solar industry.


The Killeen Daily Herald carried a story.


The presentation I gave is below.

Veterans and Solar: a Perfect Match for Texas
The President wants to train 50,000 Veterans for the solar industry: we're leading the effort to help bring it here to Fort Hood
Veterans and Solar for Renewable Roundup
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"Energy alternatives important for future generations" Jan 26, 2014

The Texas Solar Energy Society held its 2014 Annual meeting in Killeen ,Texas
The TXSES general membership listening to a presentation by Larry Howe of "Solarize Plano"

We were excited to bring the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) annual meeting to Killeen's own Texas A&M Central Texas campus.  Scot was elected the chairperson of the TXSES Board of Directors for 2014 and is looking forward to advocating for Texas solar across the state.

 

Check out the story in the Killeen Daily Herald at http://bit.ly/NcIG8A

The SolarBridge team in Austin, Texas is bragging about our Veteran-staffed team

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The Solar CenTex team with the proud owner of our largest residential solar array in Killeen

Ben and I were especially happy that the team at SolarBridge highlighted our veteran workforce to all of its followers in its blog.  We're on their blog front page right now.  You can check it out at: http://solarbridgetech.com/ac-module-workforce-development/

Our own Scot Arey is quoted in Darla Menking's Saturday, November 16 Killeen Daily Herald column. You can find it below (and yes, the photo is of a Solar Centex job).  Here's the link to the original column:
http://kdhnews.com/opinion/columns/outside_insights/explore-solar-power-s-savings-for-your-home/article_63ceda4a-4e84-11e3-87bb-0019bb30f31a.html

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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 4:30 am

In this day and age of diminishing natural resources, we are all looking for ways to not only save money where we can, but also trying to do the right thing.

Our opportunities continually increase. Car manufacturers now offer energy-efficient models. Appliance and light bulb technology has reduced the energy needed for operation. Home windows and screens are much more energy efficient, and developing energy companies are promising lower monthly bills.

A recent energy-efficient trend that really isn’t new at all is solar, or photovoltaic, panels. They’ve been around a long time but were expensive, and it seemed only NASA and large corporations were utilizing them. But not anymore. The prices have come down dramatically while the technology continued improving. Now, solar panels are affordable for homeowners and are being installed in Central Texas.

There are a few options that should be considered prior to investing and installment. Doing your homework and getting the facts is so important, as it is with any major purchase. There are a few different types of solar panels as well as the option of purchasing or leasing panels.

Leasing solar panels is a growing market, offerings the benefits of solar power without the upfront, down payment costs. The leasing company owns the panels and provides maintenance and upgrades. Leasing panels is growing faster than buying and the homeowner starts saving immediately.

There is a drawback to leasing versus buying solar panels. According to Scot Arey with the Texas Solar Energy Society, “Solar PV systems are a tremendous solution to help hedge against future price increases. Owning your system provides you all the tax benefits of solar. Leasing a system takes away that advantage and may complicate the future sale of your home.”

When purchasing panels, it may take time to pay off the investment, but the owner of the panels can receive federal tax credits and state and energy company payback incentives.

Surprisingly affordable, I think utilizing solar panels is a sensible pathway for homeowners to explore.

Our front page article in the November 2, 2013 issue of the Killeen Daily Herald was a good one.  It's archived here:  

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Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:08 am, Sat Nov 2, 2013.

COPPERAS COVE — With about 26 years of military service each, the owners of Solar Centex are using what they learned in the Army to operate their business.

“We shared a vision of what type of business we wanted to run,” said retired Col. Ben Danner, co-owner of Harker Heights-based Solar Centex. “One that took care of people just like the Army.”

That philosophy is used for the customers of Solar Centex, the community and the employees, said retired Col. Scot Arey, another co-owner.

“Let’s have a company where people want to come to work and feel good about the job,” Danner said.

Including the owners, Solar Centex has seven employees, including a retired Vietnam veteran and veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“As we grow, we will grow this company around these guys,” Arey said.

Being a veteran-based company is one of the reasons Copperas Cove resident Robert Fryer chose Solar Centex to install his solar panels on Friday.

“These guys are beyond professional,” Fryer said. “They got good people working for them. When you have someone from the Army and they say they are going to do something, they are going to do it.”

Meet energy needs

The company isn’t just about veterans; it’s also about passion.

Arey and Danner both believe solar power will help save customers money and help Central Texas meet its future energy needs.

Arey said his role as a business owner is to install a quality product and educate Central Texas about renewable energy so the Clean Texas Corridor Austin stretches to Killeen.

“This is the most rewarding thing I have done since I was a battalion commander,” Arey said. “But unlike a battalion commander, I need to make payroll and keep these guys working.”

The company has one or two jobs a week installing solar panels.

Operating for about a year, Arey and Danner said Solar Centex will grow with Central Texas. Arey attributed current and future success to the Army.

“To the retirees of the Army, every one of them has the potential to be their own business owner,” Arey said. “I am just as passionate about career No. 2 as I was about career No. 1, and I think the Army really set me up for that.”

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