New On-line Device Breaks Down Texas’ Clear Vitality Statistics
Wind, solar and energy storage projects offer rural Texas counties new economic opportunities and bring the necessary diversification, economic development, job creation and multi-generational income through a growing property tax base and payments to landowners, according to CleanPowerPays.org. A new interactive website launched this week by the Advanced Power Alliance (APA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
The interactive website breaks down by Texas County, Legislative and Congressional Districts the existing and planned wind, solar and storage capacity, the estimated lifetime tax payments from these projects, and the estimated lifetime landowner payments individual Texans will receive from them.
“Rural Texas can benefit greatly from solar energy, and this new tool will show lawmakers how much large solar projects can add to rural communities,” said Nakhia Crossley, director and advisor, Central Region SEIA. “This interactive map shows how many communities across Texas are already benefiting from solar energy and how much money these projects contribute to local tax revenues and payments to landowners. If we are to grow the solar industry in Texas, this tool will help us better understand the economic growth potential of solar. “
The website notes that the overwhelming benefits of these investments are being delivered to rural areas of the state. This helps improve local schools, provide revenue for services and infrastructure, and provide farmers and ranchers with new opportunities to earn income from their land.
The interactive tool shows the massive investments in Texas totaling more than 60 billion US dollars. Unsurprisingly, West Texas and Panhandle Legislature dominate the wind energy space. Some counties are receiving billions in new tax revenue. The counties in South Texas and the counties north and south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex also saw significant growth in tax revenues from both wind and solar projects.
This growth has provided landowners with a lifeline in recent years, and many farmers and ranchers rely on income from their renewable energy crops to support their farms, especially during times of drought or low commodity prices.
The public can access this information at CleanPowerPays.org to examine the localized investments and financial benefits of wind, solar and energy storage investments in the state.