SEIA sets goal of 10,000 megawatts installed in Texas by 2015

Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said at the 2011 Solar Power International conference that Texas needs become a bigger solar power player, according to Clean Technica's website.

"But today, smaller, less sunny states are currently ahead of Texas," Resch said, according to the website. "There’s no reason why New Jersey should have nearly 10 times more solar installed than Texas. That’s like the Princeton Tigers football team coming down to Texas and putting a whooping on the Longhorns. That’s just wrong."

Resch said solar power has a large amount of potential in the market, adding that the amount of sunlight on Texas each month has more energy than all the oil that has ever been pumped from the state. A chart from the SEIA said its goal is 10,000 megawatts of solar power per year in Texas by 2015, with a baseline forecast from research showing its current potential at about 7,000 megawatts per year by then.

The SPI conference took place at the Dallas Convention Center. The conference discussed things such as Texas markets, other markets, system design and policy. As of the second quarter of 2011, Texas had an annual solar power production capacity of about 1,000 megawatts, SEIA reports.

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