Texas Leads The Country In Solar Development
The influx of corporations into Texas is wildly increasing the demand for solar energy in the state.
Texas boasts an abundance of sunlight and cheap undeveloped land, according to Meranda Cohn, spokeswoman for Vistra Corp. Summertime power-price spikes also offer a lucrative opportunity for energy providers. Developers are also experiencing long delays in connecting to grids in other states.
“Texas has become a haven for developers because of these qualities,” Cohn said.
The state has an ever-increasing demand for energy from recently-relocated companies and an environment suitable for vast solar development. ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, already plans to establish 106 gigawatts of solar development, enough energy to power 21 million homes.
“No one is sitting around saying ‘Are new solar additions going to slow down or collapse,’” said Tara Narayanan, a solar analyst at BNEF. “The only question seems to be ‘How high is this going to go?’”