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Houston solar energy grew 19% in 2017

HOUSTON – The amount of power generated by solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Houston continued to increase last year, according to a new report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. The report, Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, found that Houston went from 8 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in 2016 to 9.5 MW in 2017, a 19% gain.

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San Antonio ranked 6th in nation for solar energy

SAN ANTONIO – Solar energy capacity in San Antonio grew an impressive 37% last year, earning the Alamo City a ranking of 6th highest in the United States, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. Standing in front of San Antonio Fire Station 1, Environment Texas joined with CPS Energy and local officials to celebrate the achievement. Fire Station 1 is a participant of CPS Energy’s Solar Host program.  It is one of four City of San Antonio facilities that participates in the program that provides a bill credit based on solar output.

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Austin solar energy grows 27% in 2017

AUSTIN – Solar energy capacity in Austin grew an impressive 27% last year, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. With 39.4 megawatts (MW) installed, Austin ranked 17th in the nation for total solar capacity within city limits, behind New Orleans but ahead of Riverside, California.   

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El Paso named a “Solar Star”

AUSTIN – With 37 megawatts (MW) of solar energy installed, El Paso ranks 18th in the U.S. for total solar capacity, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. El Paso ranked just behind Austin and ahead of Riverside, California. However, Environment Texas warned that El Paso’s progress could be hampered by new fees adopted by El Paso Electric which may discourage customers from going solar.

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Dallas solar energy grows 36% in 2017

AUSTIN – Dallas experienced the second greatest percentage growth of solar energy in the state last year, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. Dallas went from 12 megawatts (MW) of solar installed in 2016 to 16.4 MW in 2017, the second greatest percentage growth after San Antonio’s 37% increase.

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70 U.S. Mayors Embrace Solar And call for Strong Policies

70 U.S. mayors, including from Austin, Buda, Universal City, and Smithville, are calling for solar energy to power their communities. A statement released today by Environment America includes mayors from cities ranging from South Miami, Fla., to Traverse City, Mich., who agree on the need to tap into clean energy from the sun.

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Most Texas members of Congress fail to defend our environment and our families’ health

Members of the Lone Star State's congressional delegation voted to support environmental protections only 28% of the time on average, according to a new scorecard from Environment Texas. The scorecard evaluates the state's 2 U.S. senators and 36 U.S. representatives on 32 key environmental votes. While Senators John Conryn and Ted Cruz both scored 0%, Texas can be proud of 3 representatives who scored 100% — Joaquin Castro, Lloyd Doggett, and Beto O'Rourke.

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Solar increases by a third in Houston in 2016

AUSTIN -  Solar capacity in Houston increased by 33 percent in 2016, according to a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. “By using solar power, we can reduce pollution and improve public health for everyday Texans,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “To realize these benefits, city leaders should continue to embrace a big vision for solar on rooftops throughout the community.”

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Counter to utility claims, solar users provide net benefits

AUSTIN – Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment and the electric grid, said a new report released today by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, counter to utility claims that solar owners don’t pay their fair share.

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Texas solar capacity grew 62% in 2015

AUSTIN – Texas installed 207 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity in 2015 - a 62% increase – and ranked 10th in the nation for cumulative solar installed, according to a new report released by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club. Electric grid operator ERCOT projects Texas will add as much as 27,200 MW of solar in the next fifteen years, but the groups said anti-solar policies and efforts to prop up failing coal-fired power plants could jeopardize this growth.

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