When it comes to solar power, Houston doesn’t mind being the center of a solar energy revolution
On the rooftop, the solar panels are not only bright and bright, they also get warm.
The sun is the energy source that powers the panels, but as the city’s solar power program moves forward, the city has been making it clear that it will not tolerate any form of pollution from the power.
“The city of Houston has always been an open book,” said City Administrator Ed Bastian, who is also the former head of the Texas Department of Transportation.
“It’s always been a leader in solar.
We always have been.
It’s just we’ve always had to get our act together and put together a program that worked with the state and federal governments and with private sector developers.”
Houston has already made its first-ever solar energy project.
The city has installed more than 2,000 solar panels on more than 1,000 acres of city-owned land.
The solar power plan was announced in August, and it has already received the blessing of the state, the federal government and private industry, including the Houston Texans, who own the rights to the land.
“We have a lot of confidence that our solar system will deliver the economic and environmental benefits we envision for Houston,” said Chris Stansbury, president of the Houston Rockets.
The city’s efforts have attracted the attention of solar industry leaders who say Houston’s solar is now one of the most competitive and well-regarded projects in the country.
“Houston is a city that’s very active in solar, and we have a tremendous opportunity here in the solar industry,” said Greg Whelan, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
The Houston solar power project has been one of a number of initiatives Houston has taken to attract private investment in its solar power.
Last year, the mayor announced a $100 million investment to expand the citywide solar grid.
The goal is to make solar energy more affordable and easier to install, which could eventually boost solar power in Houston by nearly 70 percent.
But with so many hurdles remaining before the city can put in place its first solar power system, some residents are questioning whether it is a good idea to start from scratch.
In January, the Houston Equal Opportunity Commission said that the city should focus on improving its energy infrastructure, such as building more solar panels, and not just building new solar power plants.
“That doesn’t mean that solar panels won’t be good, that they’re not going to be a benefit to the system, and they will,” said Bethany Dufrecher, a senior policy analyst for the Equal Opportunity commission.
“But the question is, is it better for the system if you have these new solar plants and then you have to build these new buildings, or is it really better to start at the bottom of the stack?”
Dufreber said the city needs to get rid of outdated systems that can be costly, such the old, outdated system that can cost more than $10,000.
“We’re looking at what we’re looking for here is a system that’s going to work for the city and that’s affordable, but that has the flexibility to work with all of the other elements of the system.”
The city has made some progress in this area, but more needs to be done, said Whelin.
“At some point, we’re going to have to take the opportunity to build the kind of systems that are going to last,” he said.
The government and the private sector are all looking at how they can work together to make Houston a leader.
“In the last two years we’ve been working together, and that was one of our priorities,” said Waukeen Riggs, executive director of the National Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy group in Houston.
“The fact that we can get solar to a level where we can have solar systems that work for all of our residents is great.
We think that’s the best path forward.”
For now, the rooftop solar panels provide another source of renewable energy for the area.
“If we can provide more opportunities for people to get out and have access to energy, and make solar available to everybody, that will help us build more energy efficiency,” said Dufrescher.