Texas on Track to Become the Fastest-Growing Utility-Scale Solar Market in the U.S.


WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kicking off the year with record growth across all solar sectors,Texas is on track to become the fastest-growing utility-scale solar market in the U.S. within the next five years, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q2 2016, compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

The 566 megawatts (MW) of solar energy currently installed in Texas is enough to power 61,000 homes and earns the Lone Star State a top 10 ranking nationwide for installed solar capacity. However, in 2016, the state's total solar capacity is expected to more than double. Over the next five years, Texas is expected to install more than 4,600 MW of solar electric capacity, second only to California during that time span.

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Austin’s Community Radio KOOP 91.7 FM Throws the Switch On Solar Power


KOOP Radio is throwing the electric switch over to solar power on March 10, 2016 at high noon in Austin, Texas.  After many volunteer hours and generous equipment contributions, the KOOP broadcasting studio will receive its first solar electrons!  We invite the community to attend the switch throwing ceremony at 3823 Airport Blvd. Several local and international companies collaborated to donate all the solar equipment and the labor required for the solar power system.  We send out a big thanks to: ImagineSolar, Freedom Solar Power, CED GreenTech, Tesla Electric, SolarWorld, and John Hoffner.

 “This truly has been a community effort involving KOOP volunteers, solar enthusiasts and solar equipment donors,” says KOOP Executive Director, Kim McCarson, “It takes a community to design, build and install a solar power system on a voluntary basis and our motto is Solar for People, Not for Profit. I want to extend a big thank you to the many KOOP volunteers that donated countless hours helping to install the new solar power system.” 

 The KOOP studio will be powered in part by the solar power system that is located on the roof of the building. According to John Hoffner, Producer of Shades of Green and the KOOP engineer for the solar project, “This solar power project would not have happened without the incredible support of the KOOP volunteers and the awesome donations from the solar power industry.  It shows that through collaboration and commitment – we can switch to clean solar power.  This is the first phase of KOOP’s 10-year commitment toward switching to renewable energy and reaching our goal to provide “carbon free airwaves” to our listeners.” The project demonstrates KOOP’s commitment to renewable energy and showcases the flexibility of solar power.

 The solar and local community came together to build the project and increase the use of renewable energy in the area. The project served as a learning tool about solar power for the many volunteers in the community who participated. Michael Kuhn, CEO of ImagineSolar said, “We are excited to be the lead contractor for KOOP and volunteering our talents toward overseeing this important solar power project. Our goals align with KOOP to educate and inspire the local and national community regarding the benefits of solar.”   KOOP and ImagineSolar challenge the radio broadcasting industry to consider renewable energy as its standard power source.

 KOOP is the only radio station in central Texas that airs a radio program dedicated solely to renewable energy and the environment.  Shades of Green, hosted by John Hoffner, is broadcast every Thursday from 1:00-2:00pm on KOOP, 91.7 FM. 

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Williamson County Adopts PACE Program


Today, Williamson County Texas became the 4th Texas County to adopt a PACE program. The commissioners unanimously adopted the resolution put forward by Commissioner Cynthia Long, continuing the unanimous trend to adopt the PACE in a Box model. State Rep. Tony Dale, who supported PACE legislation, also weighed in with a strong letter of support. The Texas PACE Authority will administer the program at no cost to the County. 

Williamson County is the 6th fastest growing county in the nation, and one of the healthiest counties in the Texas. Its county seat, the City of Georgetown, will be one of the largest municipally-owned utilities in the U.S. to supply its customers with 100 percent solar and wind energy, providing competitive electric rates and a hedge against price volatility. PACE, which was widely supported by Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations, provides a new economic and environmental tool for the commercial, industrial, multi-family and nonprofit organizations in the fast-growing county.

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