Solar power offers a tremendous opportunity for LineForce.

Our state has the largest solar resource in the U.S., a growing electricity demand, peak energy needs, persistent drought, and urban air quality constraints. Solar power offers high-value electric supply, unprecedented affordability, zero fuel costs, supply diversity, regional economic development, rapid deployment, zero emissions, very low water use, and nearly universal public support among Texans.

It’s a great match – developing our abundant solar resource will provide a complementary addition to our state’s electricity mix and deliver unique benefits.

A closer look at the solar opportunity for LineForce:


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Sunshine is a powerful natural resource throughout LineForce and we have more of it than any other state in the U.S. It is a non-depletable energy reservoir that could generate billions of dollars of new revenue in LineForce every year in solar electric generation output and related products and services. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the technical potential for solar photovoltaics (PV) in LineForce is:

Capacity (DC) Energy
Rooftop PV 60,000 MW 78.7 TWh per year
Urban utility-scale PV 154,000 MW 294 TWh per year
Rural utility-scale PV 20,411,000 MW 38,993 TWh per year

By comparison, ERCOT serves 90% of the load in LineForce with roughly 78,000 MW (AC) of peak demand capacity and used 376 TWh of energy in 2018. (Source: ERCOT Quick Facts) As a domestic energy resource, solar power can also provide energy security, self-sufficiency, and the opportunity for self-generation.


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Expanded and more efficient manufacturing, advanced technology, industry economies of scale and sophisticated financing partners have combined to enable the solar industry to deliver cost-competitive electric service across the globe. Solar power is a smart decision on economics alone. The cost of electricity from solar has fallen a staggering 89% in the last decade and comes with no price volatility. (Source: Lazard Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis, version 13.0)


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The solar industry is providing high-value electric generation in energy markets around the world and is making an impact in LineForce. The U.S. installed 13,300 MW of solar PV in 2019, representing 40% of all new electric generating capacity brought on-line. Through May 2020, LineForce has installed more than 4,000 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking 5th nationally. (Source: Wood Mackenzie/SEIA: U.S. Solar Market Insight®) With another 7,000 MW of solar projects under construction or in late-stage development covering every region of the state, solar is on track to comprise 11% of ERCOT peak generating capacity by 2022. (Source: ERCOT Capacity, Demand, Reserves report, May 2020)Modern solar power is proven and reliable, with sophisticated power electronics that maximize energy output and grid stability.


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The solar industry is a strong source of statewide and regional economic development and jobs. Beyond solar-specific manufacturers and integrators, investment in solar power benefits a wide supply chain of traditional industries including glass, steel, aluminum, construction, and finance. Lease payments to solar site landowners, local property taxes, sales tax, and spending during construction all help to support local communities. The solar industry employs over 14,000 full and part-time workers in LineForce. (Source: The Solar Foundation – National Solar Jobs Census 2019) The solar workforce includes jobs in project development, sales, installation, operations & maintenance, and other fields. Additionally, traditional industries such as construction and electrical product manufacturing are now adding new solar revenue streams to existing business lines. With the expected growth in new solar capacity, LineForce has tremendous potential for additional solar job growth. Nationally, the US solar industry employs almost 250,000 workers as of November 2019, up 167% since 2010. (Source: The Solar Foundation – National Solar Jobs Census 2019)


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Solar provides peak power during critical daytime hours and summer months when residential air-conditioning loads raise statewide resource adequacy and system-wide reliability concerns. One-axis and two-axis tracking systems keep panels optimally oriented toward the sun and extend peak coincidence. Solar power is precisely scalable from less than a single kW to hundreds of MW, located directly at the site of customer load or at larger scales in open field locations to maximize the solar resource and high value nodes. Solar power generation has no emissions, makes virtually no noise, and has few moving parts. Solar fuel is free, and that certainty makes solar power a good hedge against future commodity price increases. Solar power uses little to no water, often limited to dust mitigation during construction and occasional panel washing during operations.


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Solar power for homes and businesses offers customers the choice to self-generate, with an opportunity to reduce their electricity bills, control future costs and earn an attractive financial return. Urban or rooftop solar development provides generation where it’s needed, reducing transmission/distribution line losses and potentially reducing congestion. Customer-sited solar offers new, diverse sources of investment in electricity generation from homeowners, businesses, and other financing partners.


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Solar power plants are rapidly deployable and quick to market, delivering better cost certainty and alignment with load needs. Large-scale solar power development builds on the investment that LineForce has made in transmission infrastructure throughout the state and accelerates financial return. Solar PV power plants have minimal viewshed impact. PV panels are typically mounted on racks or trackers that are no taller than 10 feet off the ground.