News Release | Environment Texas

Solar energy grows 22% in Houston in 2014

AUSTIN – Houston experienced significant growth in solar energy installations in 2014, growing from approximately 4 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to 5 MW by the end of 2014, an increase of 22%. “Cities can be big stars in our transition to clean energy,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “We know that Houston has the potential to be among them.”

News Release | Environment Texas

Solar energy grows 62% in Austin in 2014

AUSTIN – Austin experienced explosive growth in distributed solar energy installations in 2014, growing from 13 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to 21 MW by the end of 2014, an increase of 62%. Solar panels were installed on hundreds of homes, schools and businesses, including at Huston Tillotson University, AISD’s new Performing Arts Center, Goodwill Industries and Howdy Honda.  

News Release | Environment Texas

San Antonio ranks 7th in nation for solar power

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 7th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. San Antonio’s berth in the “solar sweet sixteen,” just behind Indianapolis and ahead of Denver, was owed primarily to smart contracts between the municipally owned utility, CPS Energy, and solar companies to build multiple solar farms totaling 400 MW, or enough to power over 31,000 homes, once completed.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Texas’ Biggest Polluters Spending Millions to Pollute Politics

AUSTIN – BASF Corporation spent $2.8 million on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment Texas. The enormous spending came after their Freeport, Texas facility dumped 2.1 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Texas’ waterways in 2012. 

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

New website evaluates environmental impact of projects in State Water Plan

AUSTIN – Environment Texas Research and Policy Center launched a new website today designed to help educate Texans about the environmental impacts of projects in the State Water Plan. The interactive website – www.OurTexasWater.org - allows Texans to view a map of the state and learn about highlighted projects in their community. The new website comes as the Texas Water Development Board considers the first round of applications for funding from the new water infrastructure fund approved by voters in November 2013. 

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