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Texas Solar

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Solar Installed (MW):
1,846.87
National Ranking:
7th (6th in 2016)
State Homes Powered by Solar:
207,208
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar:
0.55%
Solar Jobs:
9,396
Solar Companies in State:
576 (100 Manufacturers, 234 Installers/Developers, 222 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$2,797.37 million
Prices have fallen
55% in the last five years
Growth Projection and Ranking:
5,239 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 3rd)

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.2017-Q4-TX

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Notable Solar Installations in Texas

  • RE Roserock LLC was completed in 2016.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 160 MW of electricity -- enough to power over 17,951 Texas homes.5
  • Several large retailers in Texas have gone solar including Applied Materials, Campbell's Soup and FedEx. FedEx has installed one of the largest such installations with 2 MW of solar capacity at their location in Hutchins.6
  • At 95 MW, Alamo Solar Farm 5 in Uvalde is among the largest solar installations in Texas. This project has enough electric capacity to power more than 10,658 homes.7

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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.

Footnotes

1All data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight unless otherwise noted: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight

2Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/#generation

3The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs Census: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/states/

4SEIA, National Solar Database: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/national-solar-database

5SEIA, Major Solar Projects List: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/major-solar-projects-list

6Ibid

7SEIA, Solar Means Business: http://www.seia.org/campaign/solar-means-business-2016

Number Of Installations
31,608