Deciding to invest in renewable energy production can be a smart move for businesses and landowners in Texas. The state has a massive and growing demand for energy, and the natural environment is ideal for several kinds of renewable energy production, including wind energy.
Texas has a reputation for being an incredibly windy state. The wind blows frequently throughout the day, and often at relatively high speeds. The amount of wind that crosses the state can actually benefit property owners and everyone else who is plugged into the state’s electrical grid.
Investing in wind turbines is a popular choice recently, with operations ranging from massive corporate projects to small-scale, single-turbine installations on homesteads. The energy produced by those turbines has now become the second leading source of electricity used in Texas.
Wind is second only to natural gas for Texas electricity
According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, a federal agency, natural gas accounts for 44.72% of the electricity used in Texas, at least based on data from 2022. Wind turbines generate another 23.48% of the electricity in Texas.
When looking at other forms of renewable energy, wind far surpasses solar energy, which is only responsible for 5.23% of Texas’s electricity and hydro production, which only generates 0.20% of the state’s electricity.
Although some people think of turbines as expensive or ugly, they contribute quite a bit to the domestic economy. All of the wind energy generated by large turbines helps keep the state running and clearly demonstrates that producing electricity via wind turbines is a viable option for many property owners and businesses in Texas.
Installing wind turbines can still prove challenging
Although there are many reasons to install wind turbines, there can be numerous challenges that arise before the completion of the project. Neighbors and even shareholders at the organization planning the project may question whether a wind turbine project is the best option for the property in question or the company proposing the project.
Landowners often need help handling the legal elements of a turbine project, not the least of which involve negotiating terms with electrical companies. Having proper legal support when exploring the possibility of generating electricity and possibly money through wind turbine projects can increase a property owner’s chance of success.