The solar energy market in Texas is small, generating less than 1 percent of the state's energy needs, but it's growing.
Over the next five years, Texas is expected to install 4,266 megawatts of solar power, tripling the state's current installed solar capacity, and making Texas the third fastest-growing solar energy producer behind California and Florida, according to a report by the research group Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association. One megawatt can power about 200 homes in Texas on a hot summer day.
Nationwide, growth in solar energy capacity is expected to double over the next five years, according to the report.
Currently, Texas is the sixth-largest solar energy state, with nearly 2,500 megawatts installed this year.
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