Texas Ranks a Dismal 10th in Installed Solar Power Generation Capacity

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Texas has more potential for solar energy generation than any other state, but barely squeaks into the top 10 in that category. Power4Patriots recommends that Texas residents and businesses get their act together to achieve their potential.

Officials at Power4Patriots say that Texans could dramatically reduce their electric bills by installing solar panels and wind turbines.

It’s not surprising that Texas possesses more solar energy potential than any of the other 49 states. After all, at 268,820 square miles it’s the second largest state (behind Alaska), and it’s no secret that the Lone Star state bakes in the sun from mid-spring through mid-fall every year.

What may be surprising to many is that Texas ranks only 10th nationwide in terms of installed solar power generation capacity, according to a recent article at SolarDaily.com. This despite the fact that the sunshine that falls on the state in only one month contains more energy than all of the oil that has ever been pumped in the state can generate.

The average annual household electricity cost in Texas is approximately $2,000, one of the highest in the nation, and water heating is the third highest energy expense. Officials at Power4Patriots say that Texans could dramatically reduce their electric bills by installing solar panels and wind turbines. They would also be taking pressure off of a vulnerable electrical grid and increasing reliability.

But the company also realizes that these items can be expensive to purchase. That’s why they’ve developed a series of videos and manuals describing how to build solar panels, wind turbines, water heaters and solar heaters. The system includes six videos demonstrating how to build a solar panel, including choosing the right materials, finding the right site for the system and avoiding costly mistakes, as well as two instruction manuals with step-by-step, illustrated directions. It also includes four videos and two instruction manuals detailing how to build a wind turbine.

The company says that installing solar panels and a wind turbine at one’s home will cut energy costs by as much as 75 percent. On average, the costs are under $200 to build a solar panel and under $200 to build a wind turbine. Consumers who purchase already-made solar panels and wind turbines spend three to four times that amount. The time commitment to build a solar panel ranges from two to four hours, with the first one requiring more time than subsequent panels. A wind turbine requires a handful of hours to build.

Power4Patriots was created as a way to allow anyone to become independent of high power bills and outages. Cost-effective and uncomplicated, Power4Patriots teaches people how to build their own, environmentally friendly sources of energy.

Check out this Patriot Headquarters blog about living off the grid.

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