A recent article published by StateImpact, reports that “Texas is ranked FIRST in solar energy potential according to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) but is currently only tenth in solar production.” This is largely because of legislature on all levels. The article also claims Texas is getting 30% of its energy from solar now, really? Where? Where is your free solar roof? Would you want one if you could get one. Let me know.
Did you know that according to DSIRE Solar (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy; that in Texas and under Texas Tax Code 171.107 there is a corporate incentive offered by the state of Texas as a corporate deduction for the use of solar water heat; solar space heat; solar thermal electric; solar thermal processed heat; photovoltaics (solar panel use) and wind? The applicable sectors are commercial and industrial industries. They offer a 10% deduction of the amortized cost of the total cost of the system which may be deducted from the company’s taxable capital or 10% of the system’s cost may be deducted from the company’s income. But have you seen the cost of these systems? If you could get a free solar array (panel system) for your business would you be interested?
Have you seen the SOLAR POWERED gas station in Cerritos, California? Wow! It is an old article but it has a cool picture to give you the visual. According to the article in Florian Solar Products, United Oil Company selected their unique solar canopy to help provide power to the store and its pumps for their new “Rapid 84” gas stations. Why can’t we have this in Texas!?
Write, don’t call ,don’t email, but WRITE your legislature and attend city council meetings and tell them that you want photovoltaic (PV) “ solar panels allowed on your house roof, your child’s school roof and the businesses that you frequent. It will force energy rates to go down with the less use of brown energy and it will CREATE jobs. Texas State Technical College reports in their article that even during the recession of 2009 this is one sector that did not shed jobs. They also say that on a national level, not local, U.S. solar electric capacity including photovoltaic installs (the solar panels) increased by 35% reaching $4 billion! Having solar in Texas will bring jobs. Are you ready to go solar?
What is Brown Energy? It is the traditional form of energy produced by fossil fuels. Think of it as the brown smoke that billows from the smoke stacks of the industrial industry. We can change this with green energy from the sun, wind and water. Are you ready for Solar?