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
- 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
Check out our Major Solar Projects List for more notable installations.
Solar Companies in Texas
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Texas State Solar Policy Resources
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
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