Texas Solar Energy News
What's Happening in Texas?
With the occasional national and world solar news update
11/25/13 DFW - Homebuilder making 3kW systems a standard feature of their homes. Included in this article is the observation that Texas solar installations are some of the least expensive in the country..more
11/14/13 Austin-West-facing rooftop solar panels produced 49 percent more electricity during peak demand compared to south-facing panels, according to a new study from Pecan Street Research Institute...more.
Forbes article clarifies the study's findings.
11/5/13 Vermont - Irony is alive and well. An Odessa, TX news station reported that officials announced a Vermont regional test center, in partnership with NREL, will be one of five across the country designed to find ways to make solar power more affordable...more
11/2013 San Antonio- The latest newsletter from Solar San Antonio, who has won an award from IREC for their Bring Solar Home Program...more
10/30/13 San Antonio - UTSA receives $750,000 grant to develop solar technologies and train minorities for jobs in the solar industry...more
10/30/13 Minnesota- The state is working through a process to establish a value-of-solar tariff, first adopted by Austin Energy.They are about halfway through a months-long stakeholder process that will determine the guidelines for calculating solar’s value in the state...more.
10/17/13 National- Stories of solar energy storage to blow your mind. Very creative technologies...more
10/1/13 National - Utilities push back on solar...more
9/26/13 Statewide- Green Mountain Energy offers first 100% solar electricity offer in Texas..more
9/26/13 Azle - North Texans living off the grid. This article features TXSES member Mike Renner...more
From July, but important: National - The amazing energy race...more
9/8/13 Houston - Rice University researchers have created a solar device that kills germs on medical equipment in 5 minutes. This may mean little in the developed world, but in areas where electricity is scare or non-existent,this is a life saver....more
9/5/13 Glendale -Solar panels rise in WalMart parking lot...more
8/23/13 Statewide- Renewable energy is a job creator across Texas and the nation...more
And there are more solar workers in Texas than ranchers...more
8/26/13 Caldwell Co - Solar powers rural Texas ranches...more
8/18/2013 - Statewide - The Solar price trend is sunny in Texas...more
Along those same lines,ClimateProgress reports that oil is big in Texas, but solar is cheap...more
8/15/13 Washington DC - Solar panels go up on the White House! more
8/8/13 National - State renewable Energy laws proved difficult to repeal..more
7/31/13 Houston- Non-profit is 50th recipient of a Green Mountain Energy Sun Club's donated solar array...more
7/26/13 West Texas - Solar powered generator used for oil and gas operations..more
7/21/13 Plano - Solar Plano Advocates are working to create the opportunity for a 'group buy' of solar installations for city homeowners...more
7/6/13 Houston-Mayor explains how Houston- yes, that's Houston- is a green city. You might be surprised....more
7/1/13 Palo Alto, CA - Municipal utility has approved 80 megawatts in solar power purchase agreements (PPAs), meeting approximately 18% of the city's load, providing solar power for all of Palo Alto's 65,000 residents. Check out the price!
6/26/13 National - Bill introduced in US Senate would provide those who work together as a community to employ solar to receive the same tax advantages as individual homeowners and businesses....more
6/30/13 New Mexico- New Mexico homeowners can now lease solar electric systems for 25 years with no upfront costs thanks to a new partnership between Albuquerque’s Affordable Solar Group and Texas-based solar leasing company Sunnova Energy Corp....more
6/28/13 Bell County - Texas A&M announces it will collaborate with PPA Partners to build the The Center for Solar Energy in Central Texas, creating a hub for evaluation, development and testing of emerging solar technologies. The facility will power the Texas A&M-Central Texas Campus, which could become the largest university in the world to generate 100% of its energy needs from renewable sources...more
6/26/13 Austin - LifeWorks, an Austin based non-profit specializing in services for foster care and homeless youth, has teamed up with Meridian Solar to create the largest, single location solar system of any non-profit in Central Texas. Meridian Solar installed a 202 kW solar electric system at LifeWorks’ Pleasant Valley Road facility. ..more
6/19/13 San Antonio - Behind closed doors, utilities grapple with new strategies and not all utilities are resisting the change...more
6/7/13 Plano - Plano Solar Advocates introduce "Solarize Plano", a group purchase solar program for local homeowners...more