State Senator Troy Frasier, who represents Abilene and Brownwood has proposed a bill in the senate to create a rebate program for those who install solar on their homes and businesses. Two other lawmakers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area have introduced bills to would require the state's electric utilities to support the development of solar technologies by offering direct incentives to consumers and businesses. There are at least eighteen bills already filed to support the development of solar technologies, by legislators in both chambers.
Stephen Grace with Environment Texas told KRBC News "West Texas and going into the other southwestern states have the highest amount of solar radiation in the country and the most potential for solar power anywhere. Grace went on to say that there's tons of sun out here and you have the wind right at your doorstep that is being harnessed. You can harness them together even more effectively than you can harness them separately. So we have potential opportunity here in Abilene to generate solar that will help really offset several problems from electricity as common electricity prices."
Environment Texas notes making the state a leader in the solar energy revolution can bring good jobs and more clean power Texas. Solar technology is a large part of Environment Texas' campaign to repower the state.