Over the last 10 years solar is grown significantly in Texas. According to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in 2021 Texas had 13,947.06 Megawatts of solar installed. SEIA estimates this is enough energy to power 1,682,330 homes.
Solar is a significant contributor to jobs in Texas. As of 2020, Texas had over 500 solar companies operating in Texas, and these companies provide over 10,000 solar jobs in Texas.
Improving solar economics and additional tax incentives have spurred investment in utility-scale solar facilities in Texas. According to the Federal Reserve of Dallas, solar capacity in the state is expected to triple by the end of 2022.
Where are the solar installations in North Texas? Track them HERE!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created the Re-Powering America's Land Mapping and Screening tools. With the RE-Powering Mapper, the EPA has pre-screened over 80,000 sites for their renewable energy potential. Over 2,400 Texas sites were evaluated for potential for large scale, utility scale, and off-grid photovoltaic (PV) installations. Check out this map to see potential solar energy sites on contaminated land in North Texas!
The Encouraging Solar Energy Adoption in NCTX webinar provides an overview of past and current North Central Texas efforts to encourage solar adoption. Presentations cover NCTCOG’s Solar Ready II and Go Solar Texas efforts, Oncor’s solar program, Plano’s Smart Energy Loan program, and the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities program.