Texas Leads the Way

When you say Texas, people think “energy!”

That’s been true since Spindletop in Beaumont gave birth to the modern oil industry and it continues to hold true today.  Now, however, along with traditional energy sources like oil, gas and coal, Texas is also becoming a leader in renewable energy.

Here’s how the Lone Star State stacks up in three major types of renewable energy:

1) Biomass energy comes from plants used in livestock production and other agricultural industries. For example, the stalk, husk and leaves of corn fed to cattle can be used to create biomass fuel. Instead of going to waste, these byproducts of agricultural production help create valuable energy resources. Scientists are working toward more efficient ways to harness biofuels and put them to work.

Texas leads in production for many of the agriculture products that are used to produce these renewable energy sources. Canola, sorghum and even switchgrass, which is a Texas native plant, all have huge potential as a fuel source.

2) Geography plays a key role in the ongoing prosperity of Texas, particularly when it come to wind energy. Location and topography work together to create huge potential to harness wind energy into clean, renewable and cost-efficient electricity. One of the world’s largest wind farms is in Roscoe, Texas. Georgetown, just north of Austin, recently made history by becoming the first city powered by a combination of wind and solar energy. The decision was made based on the desire to create a long-term, sustainable energy program with predictable cost.

3) Solar is the fastest growing energy source in Texas in 2017, surpassing growth in biofuel, wind and traditional power sources, too. Just like Texas, solar energy is characterized by diversity. From huge solar farms in West Texas to rooftop solar systems installed on homes and commercial buildings, there are many ways to harness the energy of the sun.

One of the primary benefits of solar, and the key to it’s great potential, is that each individual homeowner has access to solar power. While installing your own windmill is out of the question for suburban and city dwellers, rooftop solar is a practical way to access the savings and other benefits of renewable energy.

There is a place in our energy future for all of these clean, renewable fuels. In fact, by creating multiple sources of energy, we create a stronger economy and a stronger state. Once dominated by the oil industry, today Texas is the leader in industries ranging from aerospace to entertainment to technology and tourism. Economist call this diversification. Most of us here in Texas just call it smart!

Get started today on creating your own reliable, renewal energy resource by contacting GoProSolar!

Solar energy, your way!

Seems like everyone is excited about solar energy! In 2016, solar sources made up 39% of new electric generation added, surpassing other technologies for the first time.

Why? Because the cost of generating solar energy is falling, and cities and counties across the country are working to streamline the permitting process and reduce barriers to installing solar systems.

As you might suspect, Texas is quickly becoming a leader in solar energy. Because of our geography and climate, Texans have a clear advantage in creating their own energy independence using power from the sun on long, clear days and storing it for their future use. However, if your goal is to connect your solar energy to the grid, or the system that connects power producers and users across the state, we can help you do that, too.

For most of our customers, we create a solar panel system that is tied to the traditional utility power grid. With this arrangement, customers generate electricity for their own needs using solar panels they own. Excess power they produce can be added to the grid, creating credits that can be used if their production falls short in the future. This type of system helps smooth out the peaks and valleys of electricity production throughout the year. For customers who chose this type of system, the utility company serves as their backup if the weather turns gloomy and supplemental power is needed. You will need to check with your electric utility to find out about their solar energy program as you decide about going solar.

The big advantage of a solar panel system that is connected to the grid is its lower initial cost and ease of installation. It still requires that you be connected to the power grid and you may have some months when you pay a utility bill, though it will be lower because of the energy produced by your solar panel system.

Are you that more independent sort of Texan, who has bigger dreams of independence and living off the grid? We can work with you to design and install a totally independent system that not only produces adequate electricity for your needs, but also stores it for use later if your energy production slumps.

A self-contained system is ideal for homeowners who are serious about energy independence and are willing to make the investment. This type of system uses solar panels plus specially designed batteries. So, instead of sending extra power generated on sunny days into the grid, that energy is stored for your future use.

This type of solar plus battery system requires a higher upfront investment, but it allows complete freedom from electric bills. We take pride in helping many of our customers achieve total energy independence.

Why choose GoProSolar for your self-contained system? We’re the only local company that provides this proprietary system. While most solar companies focus on panels, our experience and expertise makes us true solar energy system providers.

Want to know more? Schedule your consultation today!