Solar Power in Texas
OK Texas, somethings not right. I get it, we are an oil and gas state, and have been since the Spindletop find in 1901. That doesn’t mean one of the largest energy consumptive states (we actually rank 6th nationally, Wyoming is number 1) can’t seem to make any head way into the solar energy field. Solar power in Texas should be prolific. With a state that averages around 228 days of sunshine a year, average kilowatt usage 26% higher than the rest of the United States and most importantly, Texas prides itself in being number 1, numero 1, sitting at the top. What gives?
Solar Power Energy Potential
As it stands, Texas actually ranks 9th for the most installations gauged by mega watts in the nation for 2016. I guess 9th is bad, out of 50. The real issue is Texas is a mega giant in the energy industry, but doesn’t pull their weight when it comes to the free solar type of energy. Also. Texas is the only state that rivals California ( who sits atop the leader board) in total potential capacity due to our wide open spaces and amounts of undeveloped land (are you listening AZ, New Mexico and Nevada). In 2016 there had been only 137,000 total residential installs in the state of Texas. Now before we get a ton of emails about how Texas is actually number 7 on the list AND CLIMBING, we are not including business installs in these numbers. To tell the truth, Texas is actually number 10, in total residence with solar installs, but vaulted to number 9 when total kilowatt usage was factored in. To put this into perspective, the state of Texas had over 300,000 new homes built in 2015..and things don’t seem to be slowing down.
Texans Aren’t Saving Money
So my fellow Texans, it is time to lead the way in the solar revolution. You are already a giant in the energy universe, there is just more of the universe to explore. Texas is number 1 in energy production, that includes oil, natural gas but not coal where Texas sits at lucky number 7. Almost 60% of electricity is produced from coal, and there is enough coal reserve supply to last 235 more years. Guess where else Texas is number 1…carbon dioxide emissions. I know we can fix everything in 1 day, but going solar might be a step in the right direction. So if it is cost that’s the concern, feel free to contact us, and see the difference Texans can make.