Austin Energy and the Texas Legislature are taking different paths on solar energy.
One of the nation’s largest solar farms is being erected east of Austin, near Webberville, to generate power for Austin Energy, while the Texas Legislature has twice refused to create financial incentives to encourage the solar industry in Texas.
At the end of the legislative session in 2009, partisan bickering killed a host of unrelated bills, including solar legislation. This year, solar bills couldn’t even clear a committee in a session marked by a no-tolerance attitude to new taxes or fees, or higher electric bills, for that matter.
Texas is the nation’s largest energy market, but it ranked 10th last year in the amount of solar photovoltaic generation installed.
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