There is more solar than wind energy capacity in the Texan state interconnection queue, and PPA prices are going down. This may be the time for a solar boom in Texas. The dry and sweeping plains of West Texas are prime property for wind turbine construction and has seen an increase in the recent decades. This shift has happened in order to match the oil pump jacks which have long been lining the landscape. Now, solar energy is also finding itself space in the range of the state’s massive expanse.
The solar resource in Texas is at world class standards according to one Charlie Hemmeline, the executive director at the Texas Solar Power Association. At other locations around the state as well, solar energy plants are soon to be thriving.
What Texas has lacked in solar policy incentives, they have made up for with an open access transmission, a competitive energy market, wide expanses of land, and an attitude that invites business! The state does not possess a renewable portfolio standard or any requirement for clean energy, on top of this, the increasing demand for electricity in the state calls for a larger number of renewable energy options to be made available to the residents in order to optimize fuel usage.