By the end of 2010, there were over 40 GWp of total photovoltaic (PV) solar energy capacity installed in systems around the world - that's over 40 billion watts peak. Preliminary data at the end of 2011 indicate this number increased to over 65 GWp. Germany continues to lead the world with about 40 percent of installed solar energy capacity (over 25 GWp).
At the end of 2010, the United States had installed about
2.2 GWp (2.2 billion Wp) of PV solar. Preliminary data for 2011
indicate that we now have over 4 GWp installed, a very sizable increase
in just one year. Closer to home, Texas added about 47 MWp (47 million
Wp) of PV solar installations in 2011 bringing the cumulative installed
capacity to about 80 MWp.
Texas exceeded its overall Renewable
Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement passed by the Texas
Legislature by installing over 10 GW (10 billion W) of wind energy. (The
original RPS passed in 1999, with an update in 2005.) However, the
2005 legislation included a target for the state to reach 5 million W of
non-wind renewable energy. As solar energy continues to expand all
around the world and the US, we have further opportunities in Texas to
grow our use of solar energy. (See the Live Green in Plano blog posting
from March 21, 2012 - Solar Energy in Texas.)
So how does this
growth in solar energy around the world and the US impact residents in
Plano? What’s in it for us? How much electricity is produced today in
Plano from PV solar? To achieve the target of 500 MW across Texas, how
much electricity should Plano be producing from PV solar to contribute
At the end of 2010, it is estimated Plano had about
240,000 Wp of PV solar installed in 35 to 40 residences and businesses
around the city . If we use the Texas RPS goal of 500 MW non-wind, and
assume we should target this non-wind as solar, we can make some
calculations to determine a few targets for Plano.
If we use
population as our metric, Plano has approximately 1.06 percent of the
state's population. So one percent of the 500 MW target means Plano’s
target is 5.3 MWp from PV solar to contribute our share of the overall
Texas RPS target. If we assume the average PV solar installation is
5,000 Wp (which is a typical size residential PV solar system across the
US), then we would need approximately 1,060 of these average PV solar
installations in Plano to achieve 5.3 MWp. Real estate data on the
internet indicates Plano has approximately 60,000 single family homes.
To achieve the target of 5.3 MWp of electricity generated from PV solar,
we only need about 1.8 percent of our existing homes (1,060/60,000) to
have this 5,000 Wp PV solar system installed and operational.
is more information about PV solar installations for your home?
Generally, electricity is distributed to residents in Plano by either
Oncor or CoServ. If your home is serviced by Oncor, then you can find
out about solar program information from their website - takealoadofftexas.com.
out a few examples of solar programs offered by retail electric
providers operating in Plano in the Oncor serving area by visiting their
Reliant Solar & Wind Buyback Program
If your location is serviced by CoServ, check out information about PV solar at their website -
http://www.coserv.com/, then select TogetherWeSave > Think Green Rebates > Solar Energy Rebate
Need more info about promoting the use of solar power generation in Plano? Contact me! email@example.com
Plano Solar Energy Advocate (LH)
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REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report -
U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2011 Year-in-Review Report - Executive Summary - http://www.seia.org/cs/research/SolarInsight
Texas State Energy Conservation Office - Texas Renewable Portfolio Standard - http://seco.cpa.state.tx.us/re/rps-portfolio.php
(original post - http://livegreeninplano.blogspot.com/2012/04/solar-energy-in-plano.html)