While most people more closely associate wind power as Texas’ main source of renewable energy, solar power continues to gain more traction. Wind farms in West Texas produce an impressive amount of electricity, but there are times when the wind just isn’t there. The Texas electrical grid typically provides enough electricity to power homes and businesses, but in times of exceptional heat or cold it can buckle from the strain. This is where solar power could help a great deal. We’re big on solar at Global Efficient Energy, and excited for the possibilities offered by the technology.
Rolling Blackouts Remain a Possibility
You may have recently heard of warnings in the Dallas area concerning the possibility that rolling blackouts would take place on a particularly cold day. When millions of people turn up their heat at the same time, this places an enormous strain on the grid. These warnings occur even more often in the summer as Texans seek relief from the heat. When demand is at its highest, solar power could go a long way toward helping take pressure off of the grid so that everyone can be comfortable without having to worry about losing electricity.
A research institute known as the Pecan Street Research Group conducted a study of homes that have rooftop solar panels in place. The study found that during the peak season for electricity in Texas (June 1 – August 31), these homes pulled just about half the power of homes without panels. Homes that had panels facing west placed even less of a demand on the power grid – 65 percent less. And this was during the peak time of demand – 3-7 p.m.
This is another example of how bright the future of solar power really is; not just in Texas but across the country. If you are interested in learning more how you can benefit, contact Global Efficient Energy online or call us at 1-888-826-7881.