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San Antonio company begins construction for "largest solar farm in Texas" - San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio company begins construction for "largest solar farm in Texas" - San Antonio Business Journal | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
San Antonio's OCI Solar Power has started construction for what is being called the "largest solar farm in Texas."
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Solar Success grows in Texas!

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Georgetown, Texas, Aims For 100% Solar & Wind Power Within 2 Years

Georgetown, Texas, Aims For 100% Solar & Wind Power Within 2 Years | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
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Austin, Texas plans for at least 950 MW of solar PV by 2025

Austin, Texas plans for at least 950 MW of solar PV by 2025 | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
The city of Austin has ramped up the clean energy goals for its municipal utility, in an ambitious energy plan which includes procurement of energy storage and shutting down older fossil fuel plants.
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Report: Solar Power Should Be One-Fifth Of All Energy In Texas By 2025 | Houston Public Media

Report: Solar Power Should Be One-Fifth Of All Energy In Texas By 2025 | Houston Public Media | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
The report by Environment Texas says the electricity generated from solar power is increasing rapidly.
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It's about time! Wind is big in Texas, and there is still plenty of room on the grid for solar.more...

 

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The Next 25: Energy Storage Crossing the Rubicon in Texas

The Next 25: Energy Storage Crossing the Rubicon in Texas | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the forum for energy storage stakeholder engagement, and has been an active and tireless proponent for the advancement of the energy storage industry for the last 25 years.  And what a change those years have brought.   From humble beginnings, when e
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Don't Miss the Energy Storage webinar by Matt Roberts:

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Mission Solar Energy Fires Up Panel Manufacturing In Texas

Mission Solar Energy Fires Up Panel Manufacturing In Texas | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
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Solar takes root deep in the heart of Texas!

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Texas joins top ranks for solar construction | Dallas Morning News

Texas joins top ranks for solar construction | Dallas Morning News | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
In California's Mojave Desert a 26 megawatt solar farm powers the electrical grid. The developer, San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy, announced plans last month building a 150-megawatt facility in West Texas, the state's ...
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My Microgrid's Bigger Than Yours

My Microgrid's Bigger Than Yours | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
The University of Texas (UT) at Austin claims to have the largest microgrid in the world, with a peak load of 62 MW of capacity, serving 150 buildings.  The combined heat and power (CHP) plant that serves as the anchor is rated at 135 MW.
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Texas and Germany: Energy Twins?

Texas and Germany: Energy Twins? | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it

There are surprising similarities in the way German and Texas think about their electricity markets. Both are fully deregulated and competitive. Both have large and growing amounts of wind and solar power. Both have economically-efficient “energy-only” markets, where power producers get paid for their energy, not for providing stand-by capacity. And both have questions about market structures and avoiding blackouts.

 

Follow the link to lean more about this live event presented by The University of Texas Energy Institute, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, and CleanTX.

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Solar Energy Comes to Pecos County: a Look at the Barilla Solar Project - Permian Basin 360

Solar Energy Comes to Pecos County: a Look at the Barilla Solar Project - Permian Basin 360 | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it

The first large-scale solar project in Pecos County is just months from being completed, expanding energy production to...

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See  http://www.principalsolarinstitute.org/webinar/767&nbsp; for details on how solar and oil can co-exist 

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Principal Solar, Inc. - Charter Sponsor of the Principal Solar Institute

Principal Solar, Inc. - Charter Sponsor of the Principal Solar Institute | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it

Company Overview

Principal Solar, Inc. partners with solar developers and financiers to aggregate solar generation into a single, distributed solar utility.

 

Core Strategy

Identify, diligently review and acquire the most financially viable large-scale solar projects for financing and long term ownership.Establish the company as the market thought-leader via the Principal Solar Institute, by issuing thoughtful and timely white papers, hosting webinars and events and collaborating with leading solar thinkers on the creation of new intellectual property.Position the company to develop massive Gigawatt-scale projects on a global basis.

 

We Believe

Solar-generated electricity will become a self-sustaining, investment grade asset within two to three years – and we intend to be a driving force of that transformation.

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If you are interested in the business model of utility-scale solar energy, you should visit Principal Solar, Inc.  The Principal Solar Institute was created by this publicly traded distributed utility and independent power producer. The generous sponsorship of PS Inc. enables our Institute to provide free webinars and whitepapers for solar professionals in the areas of solar Technology, Finance and Policy. 

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The eGallon: How Much Cheaper Is It to Drive on Electricity?

The eGallon: How Much Cheaper Is It to Drive on Electricity? | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
The eGallon: How Much Cheaper Is It to Drive on Electricity?
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Even in Texas where oil is plentiful, an eGallon is much cheaper than gasoline. 

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Texas is the American Leader in Energy – So How Can Its Electricity Markets be Such a Mess?

Texas is the American Leader in Energy – So How Can Its Electricity Markets be Such a Mess? | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
Texas both produces and consumes more energy than any state in the U.S. It controls one-quarter of U.S. proven oil reserves. Energy companies looking to grow or to establish a U.S. presence set up operations in Texas. The primary electricity transmission system in Texas is independent of the rest of
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Solutions for the Texas Energy Shortage:

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Solar Life's curator insight, May 27, 2014 3:08 AM

#Texas once TI Texas Instruments started TI35 calculators fro moon landing and science, shoul it go into Renewables Electricity market to push heavy industry mess aside ?

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Georgetown, Texas, Aims For 100% Solar & Wind Power Within 2 Years

Georgetown, Texas, Aims For 100% Solar & Wind Power Within 2 Years | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy.
By Sophie Vorrath

A city in Texas – home to the “Gusher Age” of American oil – is aiming to become 100 per cent renewable within two years, after finalising a deal with SunEdison to supply it with solar power for 25 years.

Georgetown – population 54,000 – will take the output from the 150MW solar plant
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Electricity Market Reform: Why Texas Could be Next

Electricity Market Reform: Why Texas Could be Next | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
While all eyes have lately been focused on places like New York, California, and Hawaii, last month, the opening bell in Texas for that state’s “electric power market 2.0” began ringing.
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Texas energy market is huge! Did you know that Texas leads the nation in intermittent renewable electric generation? more....http://www.principalsolarinstitute.org/webinar/1634 ;

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Austin, Texas Passes a New Law Making Solar a ‘Default’ Generation Resource : Greentech Media

Austin, Texas Passes a New Law Making Solar a ‘Default’ Generation Resource : Greentech Media | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
Austin Energy’s recent 5-cent solar contract was a big deal. Now there’s a lot more coming.
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$0.05/kWh on the grid sounds good, right? Things are coming together for solar in Texas. You know, people used to think Texas was an Oil State, until wind came online with 12 GW. Now it is understood that Texas is an Energy State. Keep up to date by signing up at http://www.principalsolarinstitute.org/ ;

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MAP: Here's Where Solar Power Will Be Huge

MAP: Here's Where Solar Power Will Be Huge | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
are going to develop in a big way, according to Michael Gorton, founder and CEO of Principal Solar, a company dedicated to bringing utility-scale solar to the market.
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After you read this story, you should check out Matt Roberts' talk on Energy Storage: 

Energy Storage and Solar: What Does, and Doesn’t, Lie on the Horizon

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In Texas, a Bright Outlook for Solar Manufacturer

In Texas, a Bright Outlook for Solar Manufacturer | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
Texas’ biggest solar panel manufacturing plant is ramping up production. It’s part of San Antonio’s effort to become a solar energy hub – by building solar farms to help power the area and luring the companies that manufacture their parts.
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First Solar completes merchant PV power plant in Texas!

First Solar completes merchant PV power plant in Texas! | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
First Solar has completed the 18MW first phase of the Barillo merchant PV power plant in Texas.
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No PPA? This is the first solar in Texas to operate on the spot market! This is a first for First Solar too! 

 

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Spotlight On Solar CenTex: Q&A With CEO Scot Arey | Solar Power News

Spotlight On Solar CenTex: Q&A With CEO Scot Arey | Solar Power News | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
Spotlight On Solar CenTex: Q&A With CEO Scot Arey:

CEO Howard “Scot” Arey serves on the Texas Solar Energy S... http://t.co/IWjBfrLcrm
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Breaking News: Austin Considers doubling their Solar Goal!

Breaking News: Austin Considers doubling their Solar Goal! | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it

Do you love local solar as much as we do?

If you're as psyched about solar energy and creating local jobs as we are, we have great news for you.

A resolution will be considered this week that will double Austin's local solar goal!

That's just the start. The resolution will also set a goal for Austin Energy to have zero carbon emissions by 2030. And it will direct Austin Energy to replace the energy from the dirty old gas-fired Decker plant with solar.

And if you have solar on your home or business, or are thinking about making that investment, you'll be happy to know that the resolution will also make some important changes to the value of solar tariff, which provides bill credits to solar owners for the energy they produce.

This is a critical moment for solar in Austin.

Use this Public Citizen form to send an email to the City Council voicing your support for the resolution.

 

Thanks for taking action,  

 

Solar Austin Board of Directors

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I'm sharing this email in case you aren't on the Solar Austin mailing list. 

-Matt

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Sheep Power at a San Antonio Solar Farm

Sheep Power at a San Antonio Solar Farm | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
Since April, OCI Solar Power has used about 90 Barbados-cross sheep as a low-cost solution to controlling the overgrowth that would otherwise impede the company’s technicians.
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Once again, CPS in San Antonio dares to think differently. 

 

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California, Arizona Companies Helping Texas Embrace Solar Power

California, Arizona Companies Helping Texas Embrace Solar Power | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
Texas is a superpower when it comes to using oil, natural gas and wind energy, but it ranks eighth in solar power. Now some Texas cities are working with out-of-state companies to develop solar-power projects.
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The Principal Solar Institute provides an online forum where solar professionals can share challenges and successes. For more about Principal Solar Institute go to. www.principalsolarinstitute.org

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Solar Speaks: Is Principal Solar Ready To Take Off?

Solar Speaks: Is Principal Solar Ready To Take Off? | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
Two weeks ago, Principal Solar announced it had reached the financial critical mass it needed to purchase and finance multiple solar projects, which fits into its overall strategy to become a distributed solar utility. We talked to Michael Martin, executive vice president, business development at the Dallas-based, publicly traded solar energy holding company, about what this means for
The Principal Solar Institute's insight:

Another one of Frank Andorka's insightful interviews on his "Solar Speaks" podcast series. 

 

For more about Principal Solar, Inc. www.principalsolar.com 

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Solar Life's curator insight, June 4, 2014 7:14 AM

solar on the way to DSU Distributed Solar Utility 

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US EIA: Forecast for Solar Capacity Additions

US EIA: Forecast for Solar Capacity Additions | The Texas Solar Energy Glut | Scoop.it
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Download this chart here: http://www.principalsolarinstitute.org/document/5277/u-s-iea-forecast-for-solar

 

The US Energy Information Agency forecasts a precipitous drop in additional solar capacity at the end of 2016, largely due to the end of Investment Tax Credit (ITC). If this forecast holds, there will be a tremendous impact on solar businesses in the USA. Since more than 95% of the annual solar capacity additions are residential, this sub-segment will likely suffer the greatest. The economy of scale afforded to large commercial, community, and utility-scale solar may offer them some protection.

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