With Little Help, Texas' Solar Use Grows — Slowly

Corky Hilliard mounted 19 solar panels atop her Austin home last month — and expects to pay only about a quarter of the initial cost estimate for the array.

"My God, I mean, why wouldn't you do this?" said Hilliard, whose neighbors on both sides have also added rooftop panels.

For many Texans, there actually is good reason not to go with a solar option: Generous local incentives that allow Hilliard to pay less than $4,500 for the panels, which are projected to produce the equivalent of about two-fifths of her electricity use, do not exist in most of ...

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