Photovoltaics in Texas Part Two: Strategies for Growth

As the world turns to clean energy sources, Texas has a strategic opportunity to expand its traditional energy leadership capacity into solar power. This article is the second in a two-part series examining the photovoltaics (PV) industry in Texas. The first article, published in April 2007, focused on the potential benefits of expanded reliance on PV systems for Texas consumers and utilities and broadly outlines the state's "innovation pipeline" in the industry. This article builds on the first by examining the progress other states and nations have made in creating demand for PV power and attracting PV manufacturing and installation firms to their regions. Finally, the article identifies areas for further research and recommends actions the public, private, and academic sectors can take to develop Texas' PV industry.