Bringing Green Jobs to Texas: Solar Style

Yesterday, the Texas Senate began taking decisive action to bring green jobs and green energy to Texas. It started on the floor of the Senate, where members voted for Senator Troy Fraser’s SB 545, a solar incentive program that could bring 250 – 500 MW of solar generation to the state. This bill will bring some green jobs to Texas in the form of solar installers, but may not attract enough attention to bring jobs from the growing U.S. solar manufacturing industry to Texas. With so many other states trying to stake their claim to the solar industry, SB 545 cannot work alone in changing the face of solar in the Lone Star State.

Fortunately, late yesterday the Senate Business & Commerce Committee approved Senator Watson’s SB 541 – an expansion of Texas’ successful Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – which will develop 3,000 megawatts of solar, biomass and geothermal in the state. The RPS uses a sort of economic judo to turn Texas’ great existing energy market into an advantage for renewable energy while reducing energy prices at the same time, according to the PUC. If we can duplicate the success of our original RPS, SB541 could bring more than 7,000 MW of solar to the state and continue saving Texans money in the face of ever-rising fossil fuel costs.

Together, these bills provide a one-two punch, showing that Texas seems ready: to fight its way back to renewable energy leadership; to bring those vital green jobs to the state; and to position our state as a national renewable energy leader.

As we’ve always shown, Texas knows how to lead the country in energy policy. Texas legislators understand how important it is that Texas becomes the green job hub of the U.S. and continues to maintain a position of energy leadership.

SB 545 shows us that Texas is ready to get on the solar train with the rest of the country, but the two bills together let the rest of the country know that Texas is going to be driving that train from now on.

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34 Comments

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