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. Texas is poised to become a nationwide leader in solar energy, with more than 4 GW of capacity expected to be installed over the next 5 years, with appropriate state policy that removes market barriers and recognizes solar's benefits.
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SEIA Texas State Policy Priorities & Highlights
- SEIA's efforts to extend two critical property tax abatement programs (Chapter 312 and Chapter 313) found success in 2019. The legislature extended the Chapter 312 program for a period of 10 years. However, the legislature did not act to extend the Chapter 313 program during this year’s legislative session, which SEIA will seek to address in the 2021 legislative session.
- SEIA's proactive bill to prevent utilities from charging fees to solar customers that other similarly situated customers do not pay (HB 2860) remained pending in Committee at the end of session and will remain a priority for the 2021 legislative session.
For more information on SEIA's work in Texas, please contact Nakhia Crossley.
Notable Solar Installations in Texas
- Prospero in Andrews was developed by Longroad Energy and came online in 2021. This 710.2 MW project produces enough electricity to power 86,620 homes.
- Anheuser Busch, Davita, and Target have all gone solar in Texas. Anheuser Busch's 290 MW RE Maplewood project in McCamey is one of the largest corporate solar projects in the state.
- At 344.1 MW, Taygete Energy Project in Coyanosa is among the largest solar installations in Texas. Completed by Swinerton Renewables in 2021, this solar project has enough electric capacity to power more than 41,968 homes.
Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.
Solar Companies in Texas
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Texas State Solar Policy Resources
Official SEIA State Affiliate - Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA)
DSIRE incentives database - Texas - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Texas and across the United States
Public Utility Commission - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Texas public utilities
Texas Solar Panels Overview - Learn about the history of solar policy in Texas, along with up-to-date pricing information on EnergySage
Solar Panel Cost in Texas - Learn about the history of solar policy in Texas, along with up-to-date pricing information on EnergySage
Solar Rebates & Incentives in Texas - Check out EnergySage's list of key solar incentives in Texas to see what programs you can benefit from
State Energy Office - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Texas
U.S. Energy Information Administration - Texas State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government