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Large-scale utility projects have grown rapidly in recent years; Texas ranks seventh in nation

By Ryan Maye Handy

The installed capacity of so-called utility-scale projects — greater than one megawatt, or enough to power 200 homes on a hot Texas day — has increased an average of more than 70 percent a year between 2010 and 2016 to about 21,500 megawatts, with about half of that capacity coming online in the last two years.
Texas has lagged other states in solar power growth, largely because it does not offer any tax credits or other incentives. It also lacks a so-called net metering law which requires utilities to buy excess power from rooftop and other small systems, which also brings down the cost.
Note: Net-metering is offered by some utilities. CPS Energy of San Antonio does have net-metering.
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Utilities in a lot of areas (especially the South) are now doing their damndest to kill net-metering, or to start adding fees (like $50 a month) to solar customers to "pay for grid use".

Utilities may like solar when they control it, but they hate it when they don't.
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