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News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

San Antonio ranked 6th in nation for solar energy

SAN ANTONIO – Solar energy capacity in San Antonio grew an impressive 37% last year, earning the Alamo City a ranking of 6th highest in the United States, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. Standing in front of San Antonio Fire Station 1, Environment Texas joined with CPS Energy and local officials to celebrate the achievement. Fire Station 1 is a participant of CPS Energy’s Solar Host program.  It is one of four City of San Antonio facilities that participates in the program that provides a bill credit based on solar output.

News Release | Environment Texas

Austin solar energy grows 27% in 2017

AUSTIN – Solar energy capacity in Austin grew an impressive 27% last year, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. With 39.4 megawatts (MW) installed, Austin ranked 17th in the nation for total solar capacity within city limits, behind New Orleans but ahead of Riverside, California.   

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

El Paso named a “Solar Star”

AUSTIN – With 37 megawatts (MW) of solar energy installed, El Paso ranks 18th in the U.S. for total solar capacity, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. El Paso ranked just behind Austin and ahead of Riverside, California. However, Environment Texas warned that El Paso’s progress could be hampered by new fees adopted by El Paso Electric which may discourage customers from going solar.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Dallas solar energy grows 36% in 2017

AUSTIN – Dallas experienced the second greatest percentage growth of solar energy in the state last year, according to Environment Texas Research and Policy Center’s new report Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America. Dallas went from 12 megawatts (MW) of solar installed in 2016 to 16.4 MW in 2017, the second greatest percentage growth after San Antonio’s 37% increase.

News Release | Environment Texas Research and Policy Center

Texas worst for unauthorized industrial water pollution

AUSTIN – 132 industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into Texas waterways 938 times over 21 months, more than any other state in the nation, according to a new report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.  The facilities rarely faced penalties for this pollution.  Environment Texas’ Troubled Waters report comes as the Trump administration tries to weaken clean water protections and slash enforcement funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the states.

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