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Green Mountain’s New Power Plan

The company that pioneered all-wind electricity plans is launching an all- solar plan that it says could spur expansion of large-scale solar power in Texas.

Green Mountain Energy, which played a substantial role in purchasing electricity from wind resources and encouraging more wind generation, announced its new plan Thursday.-solar plan that it says could spur expansion of large-scale solar power in Texas.

It could lead to more solar power in Texas, which has more untapped solar potential than any other state but ranked 10th last year in solar installations, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Including all usable land in Texas, aside from just rooftops, the state has twice as much solar potential as any other, the association said.

Green Mountain hopes that as consumers buy into the new SolarSPARC product — the acronym stands for “smart people accelerating renewable change” — the company will be able to build more solar and increase the amount installed in the state.

“We’re empowering all of our customers to benefit from solar, not just those with a roof that can work with putting up their own panels,” said Shay Ohrel, product innovation manager for Green Mountain. More