Texas, leader in solar energy in the United States of America. Also, Texas expects to install more than 4 GW of capacity over the next 5 years.
In the second quarter of 2018, Texas’ added 24% of all the state’s cumulative capacity in a three-month span. As a result, solar market soared, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report.
Up from 22 megawatts (MW) installed in the first quarter, the 380 MW that were installed in the second quarter is 17 times more capacity. This second quarter jump effectively helped Texas become the 7th biggest solar state – up three rankings from the same time last year.
“Texas has some of the biggest solar potential in the country.” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “This past quarter shows it is living up to that potential. Furthermore, its solar businesses now employ more people than almost any other state. Its’ future outlook is even brighter.”
With a total of 1,620 MW (1.6 gigawatts) solar capacity, and more than 5.3 gigawatts forecasted for the next five years Texas’ projected growth is second only to California.
For instance, RE Roserock LLC, a notable projects in Texas, have the capacity to generate enough to power 17,951 homes. Additionally, many large retailers have gone solar, including, Applied Materials, Campbells Soup, and FedEx.
Find more information
Texas energy statistics, visit, U.S. Energy Information Administration – Texas State Profile.
And to find out what solar energy incentives are available to Texas residents, visit, DSIRE incentives database – Texas.
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