DALLAS GENERATES AND USES RENEWABLE, RELIABLE, AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY.
739,000 kW AND 3,695,000 kW SOLAR POWER INSTALLED WITHIN THE CITY BY 2030 AND 2050, RESPECTIVELY.
20% AND 50% OF ALL DALLAS RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ENROLL IN RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY PLANS BY 2030 AND 2050, RESPECTIVELY.
Dallas residents have witnessed the impacts of extreme weather on the power grid. Even though Texas is the largest producer of wind energy in the country, renewable energy only provides 22% of the grid electricity mix, with 48% coming from coal and natural gas. Solutions in the energy sector primarily focus on encouraging the use of, and investment in, renewable energy through partnerships, incentives, educational programs, and advocacy at the state and national levels.
Resources for Residents
Solar Residential Program
Homeowners within the Oncor service area can make use of the Solar Residential Program to help offset the initial cost of installing solar panels — once installed, you may even receive credit for excess generation your system produces!
Power to Choose
Use the Texas Public Utility Commission’s Power to Choose website to evaluate your electricity provider options and select a provider with a higher proportion of renewable energy (potentially at low or no extra cost).
Resources for Businesses
Oncor Basic Commercial Program
Qualifying business and commercial property owners within the Oncor service area can use the Basic Commercial Program to help fund new solar panels.
Power to Choose
Use the Texas Public Utility Commission’s Power to Choose website to select a provider with a higher proportion of renewable energy and then notify customers of your commitment to clean energy.
FOCUS ON: ENERGY
The City of Dallas is continuing to explore ways to support community solar initiatives that will decrease the energy burden among low- and moderate-income households. In 2020, the city received a National Community Solar Partnership Technical Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that recommended developing a solar farm on city-owned property. A Request for Competitive Sealed Proposals (RFCSP) to create such a project is currently under development and will be posted to the City's Bonfire Procurement Portal when it is complete.
Green Energy Policy
In 2019, City Council adopted the Green Energy Policy, documenting the City's commitment to use clean and efficient energy, purchase 100% renewable energy, and promote renewable energy projects and partnerships that reduce environmental impacts. This resolution also established an energy management program. The program will use a systematic approach to reduce environmental footprint and energy costs. Learn more about the city's energy initiatives here.
Renewable Energy Hubs
Unprecedented severe weather events like the snowstorm in February 2020 continue to test the resiliency of the Texas Power Grid. The City is working with the North Texas Renewable Energy Group to define and evaluate the potential for energy storage and solar-powered microgrids. These projects could serve as a model for large-scale investments in solar energy and improve the reliability of energy in Dallas.