Texas Solar Advocates Hope for Legislative Boost

Advocates of solar power are urging passage of a bill that would add a dollar per month to homeowners' electric bills to fund solar projects.

The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony on the bill late last night. Its sponsor, state Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, told the committee that solar was a good complement for Texas' existing energy resources, and that its costs had dropped dramatically in recent years.

"Texas should be a leader in building the domestic solar industry," he said. Solar installations could make use of the new transmission lines being built to aid wind power, he ...

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