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Target, other major retailers asked to go solar

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Texas continues to create more solar energy, one environmental group in Austin is calling on big box retailers to install even more solar panels.

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Texas Superstores Should Go Big on Solar

Big box stores get a bad rap from environmentalists, who say they’re a visual blight on the landscape, aide urban sprawl and often sell low-cost products that increase waste. But according to a new report released Tuesday, they may have one redeeming feature: vast open rooftops suited to solar installations.

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Texas grid operator predicts 50-fold increase in solar by 2030

Under these scenarios, solar would represent 6-7% of total annual generation. Environment Texas notes that the baseline scenario is substantially higher than the 9.9 GW by 2029 that ERCOT predicted in a 2014 report.

“This recognizes the historically low prices we're seeing in the solar market today,” said Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. “It's a remarkable time for solar, with each new prediction or price beating the previous historic one.”

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Austin, Texas approves another 162 MW of solar projects

According to an analysis by Environment Texas, Austin is on track for solar to represent roughly 13% of its electricity generation by 2017. In order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit these projects must come online in this timeframe.

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Advocates say Texas is squandering its sunshine

Texas earned a top 10 ranking in cumulative U.S. solar power capacity through 2014, but the state didn’t crack the top 20 in a per-capita calculation, according to a new study.

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Texas is a growing state for clean energy, but more could be done

Solar power capacity grew 61 percent per capita in Texas last year, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. This makes Texas the 12th-largest state in the country for solar power capacity per person in 2014.

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Solar energy growing fast in Houston and California

In the Houston area, installed solar panels were up 22 percent last year as some homeowners and businesses decided to generate their own electricity, according to Environment Texas. While the investment will take years to pay for itself, these consumers are making profitable hedges against higher electricity rates.

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S.A. No. 7 among cities going solar

San Antonio ranks seventh among most major U.S. cities in existing or planned solar power installations, a study by an environmental organization reported Thursday.

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Ranking puts Dallas near the bottom for solar power capacity

Dallas scrapes the bottom of the list when it comes to solar power capacity, according to a report by Enviroment Texas. 

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S. A. No. 7 among cities going solar

San Antonio ranks seventh among most major U.S. cities in existing or planned solar power installations, a study by an environmental organization reported Thursday.

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