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June 1, 2019

CPS’ solar changes will halve rebates for homeowners

CPS Energy officials say they want to boost the number of San Antonio households and businesses taking advantage of the utility’s solar rebate program as a way to promote clean energy. But solar-panel installers — who benefit from the program — say they have a big problem with how the city-owned utility plans to achieve … Continue reading “CPS’ solar changes will halve rebates for homeowners”

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San Antonio designated as an “open for solar business” city

San Antonio’s growing solar power industry got another pat on the back. The Washington, D.C.-based group SolSmart designated the San Antonio as an “open for solar business” city in a report released earlier this week. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative, SolSmart evaluates cities based on how local programs and practices — such as … Continue reading “San Antonio designated as an “open for solar business” city”

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New study ranks El Paso the No. 3 solar city in Texas

AUSTIN – El Paso ranked 3rd in the state for solar energy capacity in the sixth edition of Shining Cities 2019: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. The group pointed to a new solar energy bulk purchasing program available through the state and bills in … Continue reading “New study ranks El Paso the No. 3 solar city in Texas”

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The Shops at La Cantera Invest in Solar Power

SAN ANTONIO – The Shops at La Cantera recently completed of a four-month project to install more than 1,500 solar panels atop the 1.2-million-square-foot landmark retail space. Texas ranks No. 1 among all states in solar energy potential Solar project began in September 2018  Earned a Water Savers Award from SAWS The 403-kilowatt solar array is expected to … Continue reading “The Shops at La Cantera Invest in Solar Power”

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May 31, 2019

Solar is going to keep oil flowing in the Texas shale patch

Texas, home to the world’s largest oil reserve and America’s biggest source of coal-fired power, is on the verge of a clean-energy boom. Wind already supplies about 15 percent of Texas’s electricity, and now developers are about to quadruple the state’s solar capacity, adding enough panels by 2022 to light up all of Dallas. But … Continue reading “Solar is going to keep oil flowing in the Texas shale patch”

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Bill would stop Texas cities from barring solar panels

The solar industry has run into obstacles over the past few years as it tries to convince Texans to install solar panels to generate their own electricity. The industry has battled homeowner associations that don’t want panels in their neighborhoods, doesn’t benefit like it does in other states from laws that require utilities to buy … Continue reading “Bill would stop Texas cities from barring solar panels”

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Large Corporations Are Leading America’s Surge in Solar Deployment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This year’s report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across … Continue reading “Large Corporations Are Leading America’s Surge in Solar Deployment”

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