The 84rd Texas Legislature has convened and we encourage you to tell your representatives that you support the adoption of solar in all levels, both utility scale and distributed generation (homeowner and commercial installations). We will be on the lookout for any bills introduced that pertain to solar energy adoption and will post them here.
Policies at the state level can help provide the right regulatory environment for the use of solar energy and for the industry’s growth and expansion. In Texas, we have a number of policies already in place that help. Examples include:
· The original Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)
· Third party financing of solar systems in the deregulated electric market
· Guidelines and standards for distributed generation interconnection to the electric grid
· 2011 legislation that prevents HOAs (Home Owners Associations) from blocking the installation of solar panels on homes (HB382)
To find your Texas State Senator, Texas State House Representative, and the associated contact information, the website www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx  can be used. To follow a bill, go to www.capitol.state.tx.us 
Legislation passed two sessions back prohibited HOAs from blatantly restricting the installation of solar arrays on residences. The exception was if a developer still held the HOA rights to the community, claiming the subdivision was 'still in development,' that developer could prohibit or restrict installation. This session HB-3539 and SB-1626  have been introduced to prohibit developers who own more than 50 lots in a subdivision from blatantly prohibiting solar installations, even if the subdivision is 'still in development.'
SB-991  Relating to a requirement that the General Land Office and the Texas Water Development Board conduct a study regarding the use of wind and solar power to develop and desalinate brackish groundwater.
HB-706 The bill would amend Section 11.43(c) of the Tax Code, regarding applications for property tax exemptions, to add solar and wind-powered energy devices as an exemption that, once allowed, need not be claimed in subsequent years and for which the exemption applies until the property changes ownership or the qualification for the exemption changes.