To know where you’re going, it’s important to know where you currently stand, and while some really good points being made in favor of solar incentives, we still have a long way to go!
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, or SEIA, in 2020 Texas solar companies installed enough residential solar to power 783,633 homes! While this number is promising, solar still only accounts for 1.76% of the state’s electricity (see fact sheet here: https://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Texas.pdf). Furthermore, since the introduction of the Federal Investment Tax Credit, solar adoption in the U.S. has increased dramatically (52% according to SEIA, https://www.seia.org/initiatives/solar-investment-tax-credit-itc).
Though we may think fondly of Texas as an “Oil and Gas” state, it’s important that we not overlook the enormous opportunity costs of solar in this hot, sunny state. The following article does a really good job explaining the current Texas Solar market, and positives and negatives to going solar in this state – please check it out, here: https://www.dallasfed.org/~/media/documents/research/swe/2019/swe1901e.pdf.
While the total amount of solar in Texas is primed to increase drastically in the next few years, and with as much progress as we’ve already seen thus far, we still have a long way to go to increase solar (or wind) energy adoption, and decrease the overall greenhouse gases emitted.