Solar

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

GEORGETOWN — A Central Texas city will be among the first in the U.S. to get its electricity exclusively from solar and wind energy.

SunEdison, which makes solar panels and develops power plants, said Wednesday that it is building a 150-megawatt solar farm in West Texas to serve the municipal utility of Georgetown, about 30 miles north of Austin. That’s enough to supply about half the city’s residents, and the rest of the electricity will come from wind.

San Antonio is known for its big inroads into solar power. Boasting 128 MW of commercial solar power currently online and the biggest solar project of any municipal power provider coming online--their 400 MW OCI solar collaboration--CPS Energy says and appeasr to be fully invested in solar power.

The Danish Wind Industry Association (Flickr user: danishwindindustryassociation) / cc

For decades the world hoped for a clean energy revolution, but the big energy story of the last 5 years has been the rise of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing and a retrenching in fossil fuels.

More than 600,000 homes in the U.S. have solar panels today — up dramatically from just a few years ago, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Leasing programs that require little or no money up-front have played a key role in that growth.

But here's a question for homeowners: Is it better to lease or buy?

Solar San Antonio

Lanny Sinkin's time at Solar San Antonio, and in San Antonio all together, is coming to an end. From 2009 onward, Sinkin has been running the solar advocacy nonprofit his father started 15 years ago. His return to San Antonio from Hawaii was precipitated by his mother Faye passing away. His father, community organizer, William Sinkin, passed away this year.

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