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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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San Antonio Number Six in the Nation in Solar Power

"The cost of solar coming down, there is a growing awareness of solar power as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy, and the environment," said Luke Metzger of Environment Texas.

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San Antonio Shines as Solar City

SAN ANTONIO — Let's look at the sunny side of life: San Antonio is one of the nation's leading solar cities.

The sixth-ranked city, per a report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, a nonprofit.

The report ranked the leading cities of the 50 largest metro areas in the United States. For states that didn't have a major metro market, the study included the state's largest city.

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Austin 16th in Nation for Solar Installations

A new report ranks the City of Austin 16th in the nation for the number of solar installations. "Solar power is booming across the country and Austin is at the forefront. By continuing to raise the bar, we can make sure Austin continues to harvests solar's benefits, including cleaner air and new clean-tech jobs," says Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas. The report comes on the heels of a historic deal approved by the Austin City Council to add an additional 150 megawatts of solar energy from a west Texas solar farm. With the city close to meeting its renewable energy goals, a new city task force will convene starting next week to consider raising the goals.

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Austin ranks on nation's solar industry scene, but far behind leaders

Austin is one of the top cities in America for solar power generation, according to a new report from Environment Texas, but still lags far behind other cities like San Antonio for photovoltaic generating capacity.

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New Report: Austin ranks 16th in nation for Solar

AUSTIN – A new report ranks Austin 16th in the nation for the amount of solar installed, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities. The report comes on the heels of a historic deal approved by City Council to add an additional 150 megawatts of solar energy from a west Texas solar farm. With the city close to meeting its renewable energy goals, a new city task force will convene starting next week to consider raising the goals.  

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