The state of Texas has good potential conditions to generate electrical energy using the sunlight known as solar energy, the state have an average annual Direct Normal Irradiation (DNI) of 4.5 to 5.5 kWh/m2/ day. Solar energy has also shown potential to manage the load profile; therefore it is suitable for the distributed and residential applications. Technology will play a major role in commercializing the solar energy and will help in bridging the price gap between the solar energy and alternative resources. But it is not the only solution, strategy maker of Texas must form helpful policies and incentives to attract potential customers, who are willing to invest in both commercial and residential area. In this research, the objective was to investigate the development of the solar energy in Texas by understanding the three aspects why solar energy was not preferred by investor, house owner and state bodies in Texas, what had made the wind energy more popular than solar energy in Texas and the future aspects and strategies that could help in improvement of technology, policies and incentives that can lead in attracting more investor towards solar technology.
January 12, 2017
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