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Solar Energy Electricity Plans in Texas

  • Written By: Shannon Bedrich

  • 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! (If you have solar panels, you want solar panel electricity plans also known as a solar buyback plan. We have those too!)

    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.

    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.

    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)

    Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
    Chariot Energy Shine 36 (Solar Buy Back) 36 15.7 ¢
    Chariot Energy Solarize 36 36 16.4 ¢
    Chariot Energy Solarize 24 24 16.6 ¢
    Chariot Energy Shine 12 (Solar Buy Back) 12 16.7 ¢
    TXU Energy Solar Value 12 12 21.1 ¢
    Chariot Energy Solarize 12 12 17.9 ¢
    Reliant Truly Free Weekends 100% Solar 12 12 18.5 ¢
    Reliant Truly Free Nights 100% Solar 12 12 19.5 ¢
    TXU Energy Free Nights and Solar Days 12 12 19.1 ¢
    TXU Energy Solar Saver 12 12 17.5 ¢

    Solar Power Plans in Dallas (Oncor)

    Plan Name Term Rate/kWh
    Chariot Energy Shine 36 (Solar Buy Back) 36 15.7 ¢
    Chariot Energy Solarize 36 36 16.4 ¢
    Chariot Energy Solarize 24 24 16.6 ¢
    Chariot Energy Shine 12 (Solar Buy Back) 12 16.7 ¢
    TXU Energy Solar Value 12 12 20.6 ¢
    Chariot Energy Solarize 12 12 17.7 ¢
    Reliant Truly Free Weekends 100% Solar 12 12 18.5 ¢
    TXU Energy Free Nights and Solar Days 12 12 18.8 ¢
    Reliant Truly Free Nights 100% Solar 12 12 19.5 ¢
    TXU Energy Solar Saver 12 12 17.5 ¢

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    What’s the Difference Between Renewable Energy vs. Solar Energy Electricity 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.

    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). 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.

    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.

    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.

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    solar power will generate 6% of electricity in Texas in 2021 according to ERCOT

    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. 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.

    Install Solar Panels on My Home in Texas

    Homeowners can generate their own electricity by installing solar panels on their home. Interested in learning more?

    We’ll connect you with Freedom Solar Power, the number one SunPower dealer in Texas. They’ll contact you to schedule an appointment.

    Then an energy consultant will meet with you virtually or at your home. You’ll get a custom proposal with system size, design, cost, financing and estimated electricity bill savings.

    About Shannon Bedrich

    Shannon Bedrich, co-founded ElectricityPlans in 2016 after shopping for electricity rates using a confusing state-sponsored website. A CPA and our CFO, Shannon is the one that deciphers the fine print on each electricity plan. Outside of work, Shannon enjoys spending time with family, rooting for the Aggies, and exploring all that Houston has to offer.

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