We know interest is growing and, with you, the member, always in mind. We are excited to explore the possibilities and options available to you. As part of this commitment, Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative is now a certified Generac dealer and is offering turn-key generator installations.
Ask before you invest because we are all in this together.
It's your responsibility to be in the know about your project and ours to help you get there. Take this time to become familiar with the procedures required by Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative.
While your solar installer is completing installation, you must purchase a new solar-only meter from HOTEC at the cost of $250.00. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. We are happy to help you through the process.
About your new Solar Meter:
- Most solar installers pay the $250.00 solar-only meter fee.
- These meters give three different readings:
- Delivered, Received and Net (Sold vs. Produced)
- If requested, a manual read each month will be a $50.00 charge to member.
Note: $500,000 Minimum liability insurance is required. For more information please see the Distributed Generation Policy or ask us if you have questions.
Once you have completed the application and submitted it to Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative, you'll need to schedule an appointment for HOTEC to inspect installation, before energizing and connecting with the new system.
You ever wonder what solar power is, how it works and what it's made up of? We're glad you asked!
Solar power is the ability to convert energy from the sun into usable electricity. Sunlight is either directly harnessed as thermal energy (heat) or through the use of photovoltaic cells in solar panels and transparent photovoltaic glass.
Solar-electric or photovoltaics (PV) technology converts sunlight directly into electricity. PV can provide electricity for residential and commercial buildings, including power for security lights and air conditioning. It can also produce power for pumping water, electrifying fences, or aerating ponds.
Pretty cool, huh?
Solar Panel Key Components
- Encapsulant / Back Sheet
- Solar Cell
What role do these components play?
- The Encapsulation / Back Sheet provides a layer of protection for the solar cells from the environment and provides electrical insulation.
- The Frame is typically made up of aluminum and is necessary to provide structural stability and for mounting the panels.
- The Solar Cells are connected in series via Busbars and Cross-Connectors.
The primary difference across solar panels is the types of solar cells they utilize. A solar panel is broken into two cell types: monocrystalline and polycrystalline.
Monocrystalline solar panels
These made with silicon wafers cut from a single crystal. Hence the name “monocrystalline.” For the most part, monocrystalline panels are capable of a higher efficiency compared to polycrystalline panels because they typically use a higher grade of silicon.
Polycrystalline solar panels
Like Monocrystalline Solar Panels, Polycrystalline solar panel are also made from silicon. The primary difference is that Polycrystalline solar cells are made by melting together many fragments of silicon rather than from a single silicon crystal. While polycrystalline solar panels are typically less efficient than their monocrystalline counterparts, they often have a lower price point.
SOURCE: FOR ME SOLAR
There are other essential parts to a solar energy system apart from the panels themselves. To produce your own power, and gain independence from your utility company, you need a complete solar power system. The essential components:
- Solar panels, to capture energy from the sun
- An inverter, to convert that energy to a form that can power our devices
- Racking, the foundation on which you attach your system