Solar Power System- Is it Worth the Switch?


As more people are becoming more aware and concerned of global warming, efforts of conserving energy has become proliferate up to the residential level. It’s long been known that harnessing power from the sun or solar power to produce electricity is one of the best way to conserve and lower pollution. You don’t have to burn coal and emit carbon dioxide just to light up a bulb in your home.

Despite of the efforts in promoting solar energy, it seems that it’s still having a hard time in winning the hearts of consumers. Others doesn’t even know that solar power is possible or that it can be used to generate electricity but what is solar energy really and how does it work?

Solar Energy System

This system uses three main components: solar panel, inverter, and net meter.

Solar panel- these are the cells that are being installed in an open space. The most common choice is a house’s roof as it can catch most of the sun’s light. This positioning also avoids encountering any obstacles and shading from nearby trees or houses as well. It is important that each cell is able to catch sunlight because even though just one out 30 solar panel is being shaded, it can reduce the energy being stored by half. Some panels are being installed in an angle where it will be able to maximize the sun’s energy. Also, some panels are installed in a pivoting platform that allows the solar panels to “follow” the sun as it moves along the skies.

Inverter- this is where the magic of solar power happens. Inverters convert the solar energy (DC) into 120- volt (AC) electricity that can be hooked up directly to a circuit breaker in your home’s electrical box. When set up properly, solar power will be the first one to be used for your electrical needs and put your usual electrical utility line to rest. If your solar power system is able to produce more energy than the actual power that you need, the meter of your electric utility system will decrease.

Net Meter- this component is the one deciding which kind of electricity it will supply for you to use. Over time, your electricity will be low as net meter will always prioritize using solar energy when powering up your home.


Solar power system can be considered as a long- term investment. Not only it lowers your electricity bill but it can also be a cure to our aching mother Earth. It only requires a one- time payment for the equipment upon installation, but after that, your energy will be free of charge.

Also, having a solar power system doesn’t need any land permits or bigger space as it can be and normally installed in your roof. This system is also silent so you don’t have to worry about noises when your system is operating.

Having your own solar power system is perfect if you’re living in remote location where electrical utility grid is not available and most importantly, it helps our environment. It doesn’t emit any harmful chemicals and it doesn’t pollute anything.


Investing in solar panels and the whole system is quite expensive and companies that are offering solar power services are not that many compared to companies that supports the usual electrical utilities. Also, solar panels are not able to harness energy from sun 24/7 especially is there’s a storm in your area. Lastly, if the pollution in your area is quite high, expect your solar power system to be affected.

Using solar energy system might look that it’s a big leap of faith but its advantages really outweighs its cons and it will benefit you more in the long run.



Electricity bill can be reduced through a solar energy system. But how does it work, its designs, and what is the cost? These are some of the essential things to carefully consider.

But no worries now! Houston Solar Tour is here to bring a variety of solar solutions for your solar energy system needs. We offer renewable energy solutions that you shouldn’t missed covering commercial installations, residential projects and solar thermal hot water.

The 2015 12th Annual Houston Solar Tour is a self-guided tour that offers visitors the opportunity to learn about solar energy systems, energy efficiency and sustainable building technologies by visiting residences and businesses in the Houston area that use these technologies in real world applications.

How to Take the Tour

The Houston Solar Tour is a self-guided driving tour.  We encourage you to look over the Tour project site locations online, carpool with a few friends, and begin visiting the projects that interest you starting at 9 am.  Tour sites are open from 9 am to 1 pm. Here is the link to the Tour Project Site Locations.

Real Solutions for Real People

The Solar Tour’s mission is to raise awareness of solar energy and provide an opportunity for the public to see solar systems in action. The organizers, made up of Houston’s dedicated green leadership, seek to inspire individuals to make sustainable energy choices.   We can all benefit from lower utility costs, energy independence, and protection from power outages and reduced carbon emissions. Solar energy systems highlighted during the tour include both active and passive solar systems. The Houston Solar Tour is part of the national initiative of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and other groups with the objective of promoting renewable energy and energy independence.

Solar Tour Partners

The Houston Solar Tour is made possible by the efforts of the dedicated Organizing Committee and Team Members, as well as, the Houston Solar Tour partners.  Our partners are essential to the success of the tour.