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Texas has 3 of the nation’s top 10 cities for solar potential

Avatar for Ben Zientara
Published on 03/17/2017 in
Updated 03/17/2017
Houston, we have a skyline

A new survey of the top 10 cities with solar potential has Texas making a strong showing. Heading up the pack at number 1 is Houston, while San Antonio and Dallas take 4th and 9th place, respectively.

The survey was conducted by Google using its Project Sunroof tool, which shows the solar potential of individual rooftops. Here’s a look at the Top 10:

Top 10 Cities for solar potential, from Google.

Source: Google Sunroof

if you add the numbers for the three Texas cities, you could generate a little over 35,000 GWh (gigawatt-hours) of electricity in a year. And those panels would last 25-30 years. That’s as much electricity as the state already generates in a year from nuclear, coal, wind, and solar.

Let’s say it more clearly: Installing solar panels on all the suitable rooftops in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas could generate nearly all the electricity Texas needs, for decades to come.

It’s important to note the tool only measures incoming sun, not the potential for saving money with solar. That’s where we come in.

Saving money with solar in Texas

The Lone Star State gets a lot of sun, but going solar on your roof can be difficult. That’s because the state’s deregulated energy market means low prices, which in turn means low savings with solar. Still, if you live near one of the big cities, you have options.

There are even electric utilities that will buy your solar power for the full retail rate. And Texas is so sunny, you don’t need a big system to make a lot of electricity.

To get started, connect with a trusted local installer to see if solar is right for your roof.

Learn more about solar in Texas

Check out the two best ways to go solar in Texas below, then go to our special Texas solar page to read more about Texas solar laws, incentives, and savings estimates.

Going solar in Texas. Best Option: Solar Loan. 2nd-best: power-purchase agreement.

Last modified: March 17, 2017

One thought on “Texas has 3 of the nation’s top 10 cities for solar potential

  1. Avatar for James Ricktor James Ricktor says:

    When I do a study my net energy savings (Austin area) is -16000 over 20 years. I totally disagree with subidies (Stealing from me as a tax payer and forcing something down our throats). If it can’t survive on market economics it doesn’t need to be here. Solar is great for areas where bringing the grid to a location is cost prohibitive, or maybe at utility scales (MW Level) but the cost to get it on a local roof is just not feasable at current prices and energy levels.

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