Around here I hear local leaders say “we’ll never be Austin.” Well, Austin may be letting San Antonio pass Austin as far as rooftop solar and the jobs that generates. It’s not a matter of size or pre-existing advantages. It’s a matter of political will. Do we have that will here?TexasVox wrote a white paper in February 2012, Solar Austin: Rooftop Solar & Job Creation,
…the most direct route to attracting and encouraging the development of clean energy industries is through the
mass deployment of local rooftop solar, which is probably why solar has by far the most significant presence of any clean energy generation technology in Austin.
the scale of future development will be orders of magnitude greater than what has occurred to date.
But the paper’s point is that Austin is falling short. Look at the graph: Austin seems to have settled for linear growth in solar power, while San Antonio gets it about compound growth. As San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said in 2011, solar power is inContinue reading