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Texas Solar

As the Texas economy continues to grow, electricity consumption has correspondingly increased. Environmental regulations and various market pressures have forced a significant amount of generation to exit the market in recent years while older generation sources continue to be retired. Thus, new solar generation capacity is required to meet the Texas market's demand. With appropriate state policy that removes, or at least does not create, market barriers and recognizes solar's benefits, the Texas solar market should see significant growth in the coming years.

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Facts on the Texas Solar Industry

  • Solar Installed: 1,214.8 MW (671.6 MW in 2016)1
  • National Ranking: 9th (6th in 2016)
  • State Homes Powered by Solar: 136,000
  • Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 0.24%2
  • Solar Jobs and Ranking: 9,396 (3rd in 2016)3
  • Solar Companies in State:  467 companies total; 91 Manufacturers, 200 Installers/Developers, 176 Others4
  • Total Solar Investment in State: $2,263.65 million ($937.22 million in 2016)
  • Price Declines: 64% over last 5 years
  • Growth Projections and Ranking: 5,730 MW over next 5 years (ranks 2nd)

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Notable Solar Installations in Texas

  • Alamo Solar Farm 1 was completed in 2014 by developer OCI Solar Power. This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 39 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 4200 Texas homes.4
  • At 30 MW, Austin Energy Project in Webberville is among the largest solar installations in Texas. Completed in 2015 by Standard Solar & PPC Solar, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 3,200 homes.5
  • Several large retailers in Texas have gone solar, including FedEx, REI, Kohl's, Campbell's Soup and Target. FedEx has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 2,244 kW of solar capacity at their location in Hutchins.6

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SEIA Texas State Policy Priorities

  • Educate lawmakers, public utility commissioners and their respective staff on sound solar policies and defend the solar industry against legislation and regulations that may impede solar’s growth in the state.
  • Participate in discussions and proceedings at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to open the market for solar energy, remove market barriers and prevent the creation of new obstacles to the industry’s growth.
  • Support policies that promote additional solar capacity to ensure future electric reliability at an affordable rate. 

Solar Companies in Texas

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Texas State Solar Policy Resources

Public Utility Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Texas public utilities

State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Texas

State Energy Office - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics

DSIRE incentives database - Texas - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Texas and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Texas State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

EnergySage Solar Data Explorer – Texas – Review the costs and benefits of installing solar panels in Texas, based on real price data from solar quotes.

1SEIA, National Solar Database,

2The Solar Foundation, 2015 National and State Solar Jobs Census,
3This and all other data in this section from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight