Solar Keeps Growing in Texas

solarAP76566112903-638x393Haven’t written about this in a while but solar has been continuing to grow while fighting off the efforts by some utilities to tax houses that feed electricity into the grid. Texas has actually been leading on wind and solar despite its oil and gas loving history.

A large utility in TX is now offering a 100% renewable energy plan.

Solar power starts its ascent in Texas

“Solar is poised to take off in Texas,” said Peter Sopher, a policy analyst for the Environmental Defense Fund in Austin.

He compared it to wind power a decade ago, when turbines were popping up in West Texas. In 2005, wind generated 1.4 percent of electricity on ERCOT, the grid that handles most of the state’s electric load. For the first 11 months of 2015, wind’s share was over 11 percent. And in November, it was over 18 percent.

Texas is easily the No. 1 state in wind, with more than twice the capacity of California.

They beat back an effort to end subsidies for panels and now it’s full speed ahead for solar capacity as prices keep going down per megawatt.

Pretty cool.

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