Location: Houston, TX
Houston, TX is the largest city in Texas and 4th largest city in the US behind Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. The city is home to more than 2.3 million people and attracts more than 7 million visitors each year. Houston residents have had an energy choice since 1999 when Senate Bill 7 was passed in Texas. This bill called for the state utilities to restructure and opened the energy market to retail energy providers. Since the bill was passed, over 40% of Houston residents have switched off their utility to an independent supplier. For more information on the Houston energy market and for electricity rates, see the information below.
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Solar Score for Houston, TX
Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for Houston, TX residents and businesses of 59/100. The score is based on on a combination of factors including how much sun the area receives, roof space and obstacles that may obstruct the sun, electricity generation needed to be cost-effective, and more. Here is a description of each section of the solar score graph:
- Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
- Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
- Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.
Sources for Houston, TX
Texas produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- Texas leads the nation in producing crude oil, natural gas, and overall energy production
- Texas has 29 oil refineries that can produce over 5 million barrels of crude oil per day
- TX leads the nation in natural gas production and hold 25% of all the natural gas reserves in the US
- A rapidly growing wind energy initiative in TX has resulted in in 18,500 mW of installed capacity
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