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Published on June 28th, 2013 | by Amber Archangel


California vs Texas on Solar Power (Infographic)

June 28th, 2013 by  

Our friends over at have made a new solar smackdown infographic. asked how California would compare to Texas. The following infographic shows us the results. Check out the numbers on total solar Companies and solar jobs per capita below! Would you like to know how your state ranks? RenewableEnergySolar will make a custom infographic for you! Click that link fill out their form (which is on the right side of their page). The following text accompanies renewableenergysolar‘s infographic:

We recently received a request to create a smackdown between California and Texas. We knew that the end result was not going to be pretty, but always welcome competition and an interesting match-up. With the world’s 9th largest economy, almost as many solar homes as people in Wyoming, and a Renewable Portfolio Standard target of 33% (a third of the state’s energy coming from renewables) by 2020, it comes with no surprise that California dominates this one. And while Texas edged out California with cheaper electric rates, the country’s largest state could not keep up with The Golden West.

Watch for the upcoming North Carolina vs. Virginia solar smackdown.

Let the smackdown begin!

Courtesy of: Renewable Energy Corporation

It seems so far that all of our solar smackdown’s have truly held up to their name, encountering no ‘split-decisions’. Check out our other showdowns including Maryland vs. VirginiaAlabama vs. Tennessee, and the upcoming North Carolina vs. Virginia.

Author’s Note: Thanks to Renewable Energy Corporation for this fun infographic. I’d like to see a comparison between these two giants and their wind power capacity. Remember that you can also request a custom solar infographic of your state compared to another state.

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About the Author

-- I am an artist, painter, writer, interior designer, graphic designer, and constant student of many studies. Living with respect for the environment close at hand, the food chain, natural remedies for healing the earth, people and animals is a life-long expression and commitment. As half of a home-building team, I helped design and build harmonious, sustainable and net-zero homes that incorporate clean air systems, passive and active solar energy as well as rainwater collection systems. Private aviation stirs a special appeal, I would love to fly in the solar airplane and install a wind turbine in my yard. I am a peace-loving, courageous soul, and I am passionate about contributing to the clean energy revolution. I formerly designed and managed a clean energy website,

  • Zedicus

    The real problem with solar PV in Texas is hail storms, I’m afraid. One good Texas hail storm will obliterate your panels. My neighbors learned that the hard way….

    • Bob_Wallace

      I saw one suggestion that thin film panels are more hail resistant than silicon panels.

      Of course if you include your panels in your homeowners policy then you can have them replaced. If your panels are destroyed by softball sized hail you’re going to need a new roof as well.

      • Otis11

        Eh, it’s actually a much better idea to simply get thin film panels. A friend of mine who lives in a very hail-prone area threw some up on his roof back in the early 90s and it actually made his house more resistant to hail…

  • Way to go, California solar installers! What we need is a better understanding that solar is actually less expensive, despite popular belief. I believe Texas, and other states, will be on board at that time. Please, everyone. Educate the public on how they can save money on solar energy.

  • JimBouton

    I’ll have 34 solar panels up on my roof in August, so we can increase the Texas count to 12,859 homes.

  • CaptD

    Great news for CA and really the entire USA!

    Hopefully the Sunbelt will soon power our country and reduce our dependance on foreign oil using clean safe non nuclear Solar (of all flavors)…

    If Germany can aim at being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050 why not the USA?

    Everyday we wait, is yet another huge loss of solar energy wasted.

  • geoffderuiter

    Now…. what about wind?? 🙂

    • Gordon

      The answer my friend is …

      • geoffderuiter


        • Bob_Wallace

          Robert Zimmerman 1962

          • CaptD

            You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows…

      • Matt

        blowing in the wind

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