Uvalde family tests solar panels to help environment

Lane Riggs

Staff Writer

Eddie Salas of Uvalde is concerned with creating a better world for his children and is steadily taking steps towards creating one. One way Salas is working to help the environment is through the installation of solar panels on his roof.

The installation priced at $73,000 was a big investment in changing the world.

“I looked at the pros and cons of installing solar panels, and I thought there were more pros than cons,” he explained. “And my house runs better now, it’s more efficient. You know that the sun is going to rise day after day.”

Salas qualified for the installation, as an average household runs on 11,000 kilowatts per month. Salas said his house now runs on a 12,000 kilowatt system, though he hardly uses all of it.

“We use a lot less energy now, and the overall cost of the solar panels was designed to our home,” he said. “Everything is taken into account and custom built.”

He went on to explain that solar panels work as a buy-back program. Roll-over energy is stored in a “cloud” and homeowners can then sell that energy back to the company that installed their solar energy panels.


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