January 31, 2024
Filed Under: Sustainability

Newsweek Names Texas ‘Greenest State’ in the Nation

A new article by Newsweek proclaims Texas as the greenest state of all. Texas is the only state in the U.S. that generates more than a third of its electricity from wind and solar energy – generating 55 percent more renewable energy than California, according to Luke Metzger, Executive Director of the Environment Texas Research & Policy Center.

The article states: Texas wind farms generated nearly 120,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2022, about as much as the solar output of the four next-most-prolific states combined, and 17 times more than California. The 20 gigawatt-hours (GWh) put out by Texas solar panels in 2022 took a back seat only to California’s 35 GWh—but only because California vastly exceeds Texas in the number of home-roof-mounted panels, thanks to homeowner incentives that Texas doesn’t offer. The electricity from Texas’ solar farms already exceeds that produced by California’s—and has been doubling each year for three years.

Additionally, 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act incentives for green energy are bringing the Lone Star State billions more in tax savings linked to its wind and solar farms.

The Benefits of Geothermal Energy

Here in Austin, one master-planned community is leading the way in untapping the tremendous benefits of another renewable energy source: geothermal energy. Whisper Valley features an innovative geothermal district system called the GeoGrid™ that is part of the infrastructure, similar to the community-wide water, sewer and electric utility lines.

The GeoGrid™ delivers heating, cooling and hot water to all homes via ground source heat pumps connected to every home. Paired with solar PV to generate electricity and smart home technology to help monitor energy usage, each home in Whisper Valley has the potential to achieve zero energy capability depending on personal energy behavior.

Whisper Valley’s EcoSmart Solution program also offers an impressive upgrade option to add a home battery for solar energy storage, providing resiliency in the event of blackouts or grid failures.

A Greener Way to Live

Texas has positioned itself as a leader in the green revolution, setting an example for other states to follow in the pursuit of a cleaner and more sustainable future. Whisper Valley offers Texans the best of all worlds: renewable energy to protect the planet, healthy living amenities to improve homeowner well-being and energy savings that make your wallet happy.

Discover an exciting, sustainable lifestyle awaiting you by visiting our Discovery Center today at 9400 Petrichor Blvd. Whisper Valley, TX 78653.