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We stopped 20 state parks from closing

After devastating budget cuts in 2011, this spring, the Legislature restored funding for state and local parks. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department had warned that 20 state parks would have to close without additional funds. But after a public outcry—including thousands of petition signatures from Environment Texas members—the Legislature boosted funding by $62 million. That's enough to keep all our state parks open, make critical repairs, replant trees destroyed by wildfire at Bastrop State Park, and to give grants to cities to build new parks, ball fields and playgrounds.

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Report: San Antonio, Austin Among Solar Power Leaders

Two Texas cities are among the nation's leaders in solar power, a new report says.

San Antonio ranks sixth among U.S. cities in installed solar capacity, and Austin ranks 16th, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Environment Texas. San Antonio utilities and residents had installed 84 megawatts of solar capacity through 2013, while Austin had installed 12 megawatts, the report said. Nationally, one megawatt of solar powers an average of 164 homes.

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Austin 16th in Nation for Solar Installations

A new report ranks the City of Austin 16th in the nation for the number of solar installations. "Solar power is booming across the country and Austin is at the forefront. By continuing to raise the bar, we can make sure Austin continues to harvests solar's benefits, including cleaner air and new clean-tech jobs," says Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas. The report comes on the heels of a historic deal approved by the Austin City Council to add an additional 150 megawatts of solar energy from a west Texas solar farm. With the city close to meeting its renewable energy goals, a new city task force will convene starting next week to consider raising the goals.

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Austin ranks on nation's solar industry scene, but far behind leaders

Austin is one of the top cities in America for solar power generation, according to a new report from Environment Texas, but still lags far behind other cities like San Antonio for photovoltaic generating capacity.

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When it comes to solar, Dallas is left in the dark, new report says

Oncor, the electric delivery company in North Texas, is owned by Energy Future Holdings, a debt-ridden company bought by Wall Street investors in 2007 that's on the verge of bankruptcy. 

"Oncor has a solar program but haven't put anywhere near the resources that Austin and San Antonio have," Metzger said. 

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San Antonio Number Six in the Nation in Solar Power

"The cost of solar coming down, there is a growing awareness of solar power as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy, and the environment," said Luke Metzger of Environment Texas.

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