Yes, Cheap Solar Energy for Homes with No Solar Panels

Texas is a major industry player in renewable energy and aspires to become the frontrunner in solar power for houses which is delivered via the grid and doesn’t require costly panels. The state’s solar electricity output is expected to double in the next several years.

Electric companies which sell energy plans to Texas residents have historically priced their renewable energy plans at a premium to fossil-sourced plans, but now you can enroll in 100% green energy plans that are actually cheaper than polluting fossil plans.

Cheap 100% Green Energy Plans

Gexa Energy’s renewable energy plans now have energy rates that are less than many fossil-sourced plans. Also, Chariot Energy, owned by a Fortune 500 conglomerate, has utility-scale solar generation units in Texas and will become a major provider of cheap solar rates for the residential market. Green Mountain Energy and other green energy providers are reducing their rates to meet the competitive landscape. Also, check out Pulse Power’s low renewable energy rates.

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The growth of solar is good news for Texas residents

The state has huge land spaces, plenty of sunshine and even federal renewable energy tax subsidies which solar developers are taking full advantage of before tax subsidies decrease.

Various energy experts have predicted that as the solar industry grows, it may cause a disruption in the market, resulting in a significant decline in profits in the coal, natural gas, and nuclear generation segments.

The good news for Texas consumers is that the additional power supply could ease electricity shortages and lower extreme prices in hot summer months, which are a major source of profits for generators who gain from peak demand. Extreme temperatures over an extended period tend to push the wholesale prices to a state maximum per megawatt-hour as compared to average prices.

It has been predicted that solar power shall show its full impact in the next five years, since the industry is about to reach a critical mass, amounting to 20 percent of the state’s entire electricity generation capacity. This impact may be realized sooner if utility-scale battery storage becomes common, which will store energy even when the sun is not shining. These battery storage devices are rare on solar farms at present.

Lithium-ion battery storage prices have fallen by 35 percent, and battery storage will become a game-changer at some point for solar and renewables broadly. The possibility of $9,000 per megawatt-hour electricity during peak demand periods will disappear in Texas.

The solar boom is happening in Texas

Solar energy contributes to 1 percent of the electricity in Texas at present according to the trade group Solar Energy Industries Association, and about 91 percent of this energy comes from utility-scale or large solar projects which supply energy to the power grid. Apart from that, another 6 percent is generated by residential roof-top solar panels and the remaining power is taken from commercial and industrial installations.

The reason for the slow rise in the solar rooftop industry in Texas is that low electricity prices make it difficult for businesses and homeowners to justify the cost of installing solar panels. Also, due to a lack of generous government subsidies in the state, the time required to recover an investment in rooftop installations can be decades. Further, there are no policies in Texas that force the utilities to buy back the excess power which is generated by roof-top solar panels.

ERCOT has predicted that Texas has a current solar capacity of about 3,000 megawatts, and it can double the amount to up to 6,200 megawatts in the coming year. According to ERCOT, Texas may have more than 11,000 megawatts of solar power capacity in several years. It already has about 22,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity.

With greater capacity and low solar energy rates from major electricity providers to drive demand, Texas is positioned to be at the forefront of the solar boom.

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