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Texas Solar Boom Fueled by Oil and Gas Power Demands

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May 8, 2019

A new look at a burgeoning solar boom in Texas reveals an unlikely source behind much of the demand - OIL & GAS companies. Developers expect to add more than 6 gigawatts of solar in the state by 2022, quadrupling the current capacity in Texas.

Originally published on Electrek

A new look at a burgeoning solar boom in Texas reveals an unlikely source behind much of the demand – OIL & GAS companies. Developers expect to add more than 6 gigawatts of solar in the state by 2022, quadrupling the current capacity in Texas. Texas solar is being built solely for economic reasons, not due to incentives.

Solar also complements wind power, which is far bigger in Texas than any other state, supplying about 15 percent of the state’s total electricity. Texas turbines generate most power at night, while solar obviously peaks during the day when oil fields are bustling.

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