Texas solar energy plans are electricity plans with Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs). It’s solar electricity plans without the solar panels on your home!
Some Texas solar power plans are 100% Texas Solar. Others are backed by national SRECs, from solar power generation across the country. If renewable green energy is important to you, consider these solar-powered electricity plans for your Texas home.
What’s the Difference Between Renewable Energy vs. Solar Energy Plans?
Texas electricity plans that are 100% renewable energy without specifying the source of the renewable energy certificates (RECs) can be using any type of RECs. That means the RECs backing your electricity could be from any type of renewable projects including Wind Energy RECs from California, Solar Energy RECs from Nevada, Biogas RECs (methane capture) from a pig farmer in Iowa, Landfill Gas RECs from Georgia, or Geothermal Energy RECs from Utah.
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A plan that’s 100% renewable energy can have RECs from anywhere, from a variety of qualifying renewable energy projects. But a Solar Energy electricity plan is a plan backed by Solar RECs (SRECs). You can choose the type of renewable energy you buy! Choosing one of these electricity plans is a vote for more solar farms and solar investment.
You can choose Texas solar power plans with 100% Texas solar energy, plans with 25% Texas SRECs or plans with 100% national SRECs.
Texas Electricity Plans with Solar Power
Across the Texas grid, around 6% of all power produced comes from solar. However, it’s the fastest growing area of energy infrastructure. When you purchase an electricity plan with Texas solar, you’re putting your money behind Texas’ new energy infrastructure.
- Green Mountain Energy offers a Texas electricity plan with 100% Texas solar. The Go Local Solar 12 Preferred electricity plan has 100% Texas SRECs.
- TXU Energy Solar Value 12 and TXU Energy Solar Saver 12 both offer 25% renewable energy, using Texas solar.
Many other plans use a mix of Texas and National SRECs. Here are the best solar powered electricity plans in Texas.
Solar Power Plans in Houston (Centerpoint)
|TXU Energy||TXU Energy Solar Saver 12||12||12.9 ¢||Details|
|Rhythm||TX Shine 24||24||13.7 ¢||Details|
|Chariot Energy||Solarize 36||36||14.2 ¢||Details|
|Chariot Energy||Solarize 24||24||14.7 ¢||Details|
|Reliant Energy||Reliant Truly Free Weekends 12||12||14.9 ¢||Details|
|Reliant Energy||Reliant Truly Free Nights 12||12||14.9 ¢||Details|
|Green Mountain Energy||Go Local™ Solar 12 Preferred||12||14.9 ¢||Details|
|Chariot Energy||Solarize 12||12||15.2 ¢||Details|
|TXU Energy||TXU Energy Solar Value 12||12||15.3 ¢||Details|
|TXU Energy||TXU Energy Free Nights and Solar Days 12||12||16.8 ¢||Details|
Solar Power Plans in Dallas (Oncor)
|TXU Energy||TXU Energy Solar Saver 12||12||11.5 ¢||Details|
|Rhythm||TX Shine 24||24||12.9 ¢||Details|
|TXU Energy||TXU Energy Solar Value 12||12||13.8 ¢||Details|
|Chariot Energy||Solarize 36||36||13.8 ¢||Details|
|Green Mountain Energy||Go Local™ Solar 12 Preferred||12||14.1 ¢||Details|
|Chariot Energy||Solarize 24||24||14.3 ¢||Details|
|Reliant Energy||Reliant Truly Free Weekends 12||12||14.5 ¢||Details|
|Reliant Energy||Reliant Truly Free Nights 12||12||14.5 ¢||Details|
|Chariot Energy||Solarize 12||12||14.8 ¢||Details|
|TXU Energy||TXU Energy Free Nights and Solar Days 12||12||15.2 ¢||Details|
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Solar BuyBack Electricity Plans in Texas
Solar-powered electricity plans are a great option if you want to support solar but don’t want to put solar panels on your roof. But if you do have solar panels on your home and want to sell power back to the grid? You should consider solar buyback or net metering plans. You can view all solar buyback plans by selecting that option when shopping.
Here are all your green energy options in Texas, when you shop with ElectricityPlans.com:
About Solar Power in Texas
There are three types of solar generation in Texas:
- Utility-Scale Solar Farms: Large solar arrays generating more than 10MW of power
- Commercial-Scale Solar: solar installations on a corporate building or property, generating 1-2 MW of power
- Residential Solar: rooftop solar on a home
Utility-scale solar farms are relatively new to the Texas landscape. According to ERCOT, Solar will make up 6% of electricity generation in 2021. However, it is the fastest growing segment of electricity generation in Texas. Developers will install more than 5GW (gigawatts) of solar energy in Texas in the next 5 years, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
The largest solar farm in Texas is being built on 4,000 acres in El Campo Texas in Wharton County. Rosendin Renewable Energy Group in partnership with Tokyo Gas America, is constructing the Aktina Renewable Power Project. Once complete, it will have 1.4 million solar modules. Aktina will generate around 500 MW of solar power, enough to power 100,000 homes. The project will be completed in early 2022.
As with wind power, utility-scale solar developers will typically have a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in place before beginning construction. A PPA is a contract to buy a specific amount of power at a specific price. PPAs are usually between the solar developer and a wholesale electricity company or retail electricity provider.
Commercial-scale solar installations are popular with corporations that have net zero carbon emissions targets. Examples include Applied Materials, Campbells Soup, FedEx and Frito Lay.
Homeowners can generate their own electricity by installing solar panels on their home. Be sure to carefully run the numbers to see if solar will pay off for your home. An electricity plan powered by solar is a good option if you don’t want to install
How Does Solar Energy Get to My Home?
As with all renewable energy products, solar energy will not actually flow to your home when you buy an electricity plan powered by solar.
Typically, your retail electricity provider will enter into an agreement to buy solar renewable energy certificates to offset the amount of power you use. Alternately, your REP may enter into a Power Purchase Agreement with a solar farm, purchasing both power and RECs from them.
Either way, electrons don’t get to decide where they flow. So the power that’s generated by a solar farm in Wharton County goes on the grid and gets mixed in with all the other power that’s flowing down the power lines.
So why does it matter if you buy solar powered electricity? Because, by making a choice like that, you are committing your dollars to the energy that you believe in. If you want to support clean energy in Texas, solar power is a great choice for your home.