A June 5 article in the Dallas Morning News validates what many solar power advocates have wanted for years. According to the article, solar energy has established its strongest foothold yet in Texas – despite the fact the state does not offer many of the subsidies that have been used to spur development in other areas of the country.
Prices Spurring Demand
As technology advances, prices can go down. As a result, of course, this form of energy generation becomes more affordable for homeowners. Even without subsidies, solar power developers are purchasing large swaths of land in West Texas to build “solar farms.” These areas could eventually generate as much as 2,000 megawatts of solar-generated electricity – compared with the 220 megawatts that are generated in the state today. That is about the lowest in the country on a per-capita basis, according to the article.
Austin and San Antonio are helping to drive the increased interest in solar development. Both cities own utility providers, and leaders have given those utilities mandates to increase the amount of electricity they generate through solar technology. At the same time, the cost of solar has dipped substantially over the last two years – a person quoted in the article estimates between 60 and 70 percent.
Solar power is only going to increase in attractiveness as the U.S. Government moves to reduce the number of coal-fired plants in the country. As coal plants decrease, the number of natural gas plants used to generate electricity will very likely increase. That will, of course, increase the price of gas – as well as electricity. Meanwhile, solar power equipment costs are expected to continue to become lower and lower.
Obviously, interest in solar energy isn’t simply going to explode overnight in Texas. However, all indications point to a steady increase in the acceptance of solar statewide. If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from this affordable, environmentally-friendly form of power generation, call Global Efficient Energy at 1-888-726-8881 or contact us online.
By Abe Issa
Founder and CEO
Global Efficient Energy