Editorial: Solar Makes Texans More Free and More Safe

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Editorial: Solar Makes Texans More Free and More Safe

By Bret Biggart

Originally published on The Texas Tribune

The following op-ed was written by Freedom Solar CEO Bret Biggart and published by The Texas Tribune. Here’s an excerpt:

This summer’s extraordinary heat delivered an unsettling reminder to Texans nearly every day: we can’t trust the state’s power grid.

It’s time for Texans to start creating their own.

Over and over again this summer, triple-digit temperatures have driven record electricity demand across Texas, and the state’s utility-scale generators struggled to keep up. More than once, the agency that manages Texas’ grid issued a notice imploring Texans to reduce power use due to the strain on the grid. 

While Texas has likely made it through the summer without blackouts, it may get worse. The state climatologist at Texas A&M University projects that the state faces even hotter summers in the future, meaning Texas will have long-term challenges keeping the lights on.

It’s time for Texans to take energy matters into their own hands. They can start on their own rooftops.

By installing rooftop solar panels, Texans can generate their own energy straight from the sun — paying no fuel costs and slashing their electric bills. Once installed, the solar panels are immune to inflation.

Those solar panels will produce the most electricity during the heat of the hottest days, when Texas’ electricity use peaks. Every kilowatt that Texans generate themselves frees up power for other families and businesses, helping to keep the grid running.

For more, read the post on The Texas Tribune.

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