- From: Luke Metzger, Environment Texas Director [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:00 AM To:Message 1 of 1 , Apr 13, 2011View Source
Under solar legislation heard at the Texas Capitol last week, 50,000 Texans could apply for rebates to cover about one-third the cost of solar panel installation. Combine that with a 30 percent federal tax credit, and we’re in business.
Why should Texans invest in solar energy?
- The solar industry estimates a program of this scale would put 30,000 people to work building, shipping and installing solar panels. 
- Solar panels are fragile and best built close to market, so entrepreneurs would likely start or relocate solar companies in Texas.
- Our colleges and universities become centers of clean energy innovation, with graduates eager to join our booming green industry.
- We can stop importing so much coal from Wyoming and keep billions more dollars in the Texas economy.
- The program would reduce air pollution in Texas and could help bring down the cost of solar to level with fossil fuels. (The New York Times  reported the price of solar panels has already declined 40 percent in the last several years).
Finally, the bill, HB 2961  could help position Texas to take its rightful place as the national leader in solar production. After all, we have some of the best solar radiation in the country. We are home to one of the world’s largest suppliers of solar-grade silicon (the chemical used to make solar panels) in Pasadena (MEMC). And we are world-renowned for our expertise in energy and high-tech.