21kW Lakemoore Drive, Austin TX
1 MWac/1.344 MWdc, Capsum Austin
16kW solar pergola, Salado, Texas
9.5 kW Rollingwood, TX
11.66 kW Spring, TX
Our Vision: to educate and inspire every Texan to adopt solar energy as part of an equitable 100% clean energy future
Solar News of Note
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Earlier this summer, the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) enacted a series of punitive and regressive distributed solar policies. With PEC’s nearly 350,000 accounts in 24 counties across 8,100 square miles in the Texas Hill Country and serving more meters than any other U.S. electric cooperative, these anti-solar policies could have a disturbingly negative effect for distributed solar in the other 76 Texas rural electric cooperatives that serve more than three million Texans. TXSES, in collaboration with Public Citizen, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, Solar United Neighbors and Jolt, is making a difference in reversing these anti-solar policies. More
DYK there’s a Clean Energy Credit Union? This federally charted, tax-exempt 501(c)(1) is the only credit union focused solely on clean energy lending and environmental stewardship. If you’re a TXSES member, you’re eligible to join the credit union…, yet another reason to join TXSES! 😎 Learn more.
The September issue of the Solar Reflector is out! Here’s a peek:
- Chair’s Corner: Forging Smart Distributed Solar Policies in Texas: Our Work Continues. There is a train wreck coming for behind-the-meter distributed solar and it’s our responsibility to fix it. Even after the positive outcome from the recent solar policy debate with the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, we are entering yet another phase of tough policy whack-a-mole. This round will be harder to resolve for the benefit of solar owners because it’s against the status quo.
- Addressing Energy Poverty with Solar Energy Access to clean and affordable energy is an essential part of modern life. Cooking, cleaning, doing homework at night, running the air conditioning in the hot Texas summers, and much more all necessitate reliable energy access. Yet, for many families, these essentials transform into luxuries because they experience what experts refer to as energy poverty or the lack of access to energy services due to high prices or insufficient supply.
- Feature Industry Conversation: Jim White, The PowerStore. Since 2010, The PowerStore in Alvarado, Texas and recently in Mooresville, North Carolina, has supplied solar power and storage solutions to customers in the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean Islands. A Tier 1 authorized distributor for many of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, we caught up with Jim White, founder and CEO, to learn more about The PowerStore. These up-close and personal industry conversations are one of the benefits of a TXSES Platinum Business membership.
- Guest blog: Solar United Neighbors’ Big Vision for Texas. Dori Wolfe, Houston Area SUN Co-op Coordinator, says there’s never been a better time for solar in Texas. Wolfe is proud to be part of an organization that’s making this happen by helping Texans join forces to go solar and fight for their energy rights.
- Commentary: Modern Modeling Provides Better Insights into Solar, Storage and the Role of Distributed Energy Resources. Good friend and colleague, Karl Rábago, tells us about a new utility planning model called WIS:dom-P (“Weather-Informed energy Systems: for design, operations and markets”) to break through the limits of old-style utility models and, for the first time, understand the role that solar + storage distributed resources can play in decarbonizing our economy in an affordable and sustainable way.
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