Solar Power May be the Key to Protecting Texans
After an unprecedented winter storm in mid-February, the state of Texas got a rude wake up call: The power system isn’t equipped to handle climate change.
The combination of soaring electricity prices and widespread outages following the collapse of the power system after the Feb. 15 storm is likely to be a turning point for the solar industry in Texas. The state already has about 800k households with home solar systems, second most in the country after California, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. But with only about 1% of households on solar, it is actually low in per capita installation.
Between the events in Texas and California’s limited rolling blackouts last year, there’s a common lesson: Extreme weather events are...