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Austin Mandates 800 MW of New Solar by 2020

Austin, Texas is on track to add 800 megawatts of rooftop and utility-scale solar generation in less than a decade, following a city council resolution in late August. The plan includes “a utility-scale solar target of 600 megawatts by 2017, a rooftop solar target of 200 megawatts by 2020, explicit language enabling third-party solar ownership, a floor price for the value-of-solar tariff, and a mandatory strategy to procure 200 megawatts of fast-response storage,” Lacey reports. Financial analyst Chris Blevins pointed to growing business interest in local solar development. “In the past, the people involved used environmental arguments to justify renewable goals,” he said. “This time around, the case for renewables was based on economics.”