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Central Texas Gun Works is Austin’s First Solar Business Sign

Central Texas Gun Works

Central Texas Gun Works

AUSTIN, Texas --( Recently, Texas has experienced difficulty in producing electricity, resulting in electrical shortages.

To offset the challenges, Off Grid Signs, LLC developed a sign that generates energy from solar-powered panels. Central Texas Gun Works (Centex Guns), owned by Michael Cargill, is the first business to adopt a solar-powered sign in Texas.

Austin’s first solar-energy-powered sign lit up on the evening of November 28, 2011 at Centex Guns, located at 321 W. Ben White Blvd, Suite 203, Austin, Texas 78704. Because the sign is independent from an electrical grid, it uses only sunlight during the daytime to charge the solar power source, which continues to illuminate the sign throughout the night. Thus, the solar-powered energy panels assist in eliminating the electrical load on Texas’ overburdened power supply.

Being off the electrical grid not only reduces operating costs for business owners like Cargill by eliminating the need to pay for electricity to light their business location’s sign, but it also enables companies to become more eco-friendly. Additionally, the adoption of green practices rewards business owners with government tax rebates and refunds.

Event Details

  • Who: Off Grid Signs LLC and Central Texas Gun Works (Centex Guns) LLC
  • What: Gun Store Goes Green
  • Where: Central Texas Gun Works; 321 W. Ben White Blvd, Suite 203, Austin, Texas
  • When: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 – 3:00PM-5:00PM

Off Grid Signs, created by Dave Isaacs and Nick Raymond, pioneered the first “plug and play” solar power system for signs. They have 5 standard sizes that will handle most sign needs. They will also gladly build you a custom unit if one of their 5 standard sizes will not work for you. A sign in a necessity for every company, but paying to light it is not! Let them take your sign Off Grid so you can stop paying to light it. For more information on Off Grid Signs, LLC, visit

Michael Cargill has served a Texas DPS-certified concealed handgun license (CHL) instructor for over six years and has over 20 years of firearms experience. He is also a NRA-certified Range Instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer. As of 2012, Michael has taught 1,426 applicants the required material to obtain a Texas CHL, and has a 99% success rate. In addition to his regular CHL classes, Michael holds several private classes for groups, including home owner associations, church groups, attorneys, judges, and the students, staff, and faculty of Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at Austin. Michael also teaches an informal education class at The University of Texas at Austin every semester. For more information about Central Texas Gun Works, visit

  • One User comment to “Central Texas Gun Works is Austin’s First Solar Business Sign”

    1. Bob Easton on January 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM said:

      “Let them take your sign Off Grid so you can stop paying to light it.”

      Oh, the signs are FREE???? It would really be interesting to see the real economics of owning and operating one of these signs.

      Better than that, would be to know how much we taxpayers are contributing to “Off Grid Signs” business operations. Virtually everyone in the “green” business is there because of government subsidy, and I’m tired of paying taxes that are used to support industries that aren’t viable enough to survive on their own.

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