Review for Texas Solar Outfitters
Texas Solar Outfitters is a licensed electrical contractor TECL #28213, and full service solar engineering, procurement and construction specialist.
The team includes NABCEP and UL Certified Installers, Master Electrician and LEED AP designer. The company designs grid-tied, off-grid, and hybrid grid systems utilizing solar powered battery backup.
After one consultation, in some cases a brief telephone conversation, we can provide enough information to begin choosing the system that is best for your property and your energy needs.
Update from my installation
I chose the LG panels and the Enphase inverters because I wanted to be able to monitor the output of each panel. TSO did a fine job of the installation. We had a weather delay at one point but other than that they showed up when they said they would and did a very professional job. I was adamant about not running exposed wiring and they managed to accommodate me with some extra effort. One thing I highly recommend is running a full network cable to your home router. Those power line network adapters are pretty close to useless. Once I ran the network cable all the communication problems went away. If you can't run your own cable have TSO put it in their bid for your installation.
So far (only 7 months) the system is performing pretty close to the per month averages that TSO supplied during the sales process. April beat the average and March was lower. That is why they are called averages. Getting and electric bill for $19 in April was fun.
I have learned one thing that prospective buyers need to be very aware of - shadows on even a small part of a panel just clobber the output. My neighbor two houses away has a magnificent, giant pine tree. In February when the sun is setting one of the limbs from his tree shade about half of one of my panels and the output of the panel drops like a rock. It is a shame that I am going to have to cut that tree down one night :) Partly cloudy days are a much bigger problem than I anticipated.
All in all I would do the deal again and would use TSO as the vendor.
Since this installation in Dec 2013, Enphase has added a wifi component to the monitoring device, which has greatly improved communication - though running the network cable as suggested will provide the highest quality signal.
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