With the formation of the Texas Solar Power Association (TSPA), founders hope to give a voice to the need for increased acceptance of the technology in the state. If successful, Texas will be able to improve its standing in regard to solar use when compared to other areas of the country.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates that Texas has enough solar energy potential to power the world twice over each year. Despite that estimate, Texas ranks disappointingly low in the number of installations – much smaller states such as Delaware and New Jersey rank higher. The members of the TSPA, which include solar manufacturers, power plans developers and representatives from several other segments of the industry, believe that Texas should play a much larger role in solar growth.
There are some encouraging signs that solar acceptance is gradually on the rise in Texas. According to the SEIA, Texas produces about 213 megawatts of solar energy – good for 13th in the country in terms of solar installations. However, the state added 75 MW alone in 2013, making it the eighth fastest in the country terms of solar growth.
But still, that’s not fast enough for the TSPA. This article quotes president Josh Grubaugh as saying Texas has missed an opportunity to capture the high amount of solar irradiance. “Peak solar generation is correlated with peak energy demand in Texas, making it an ideal choice to cost-effectively meet our energy needs,” he said.
Officials with the TSPA say they will work to convince legislators that it is important to develop the state’s abundant solar resources in order to increase economic development, reduce water use (which is critically important in many areas of the state that have been ravaged by drought) and provide energy price stability.
By Abe Issa
Founder and CEO
Global Efficient Energy