It’s paradoxical– today’s Cleantech Leader of the Week is the capital city of this week’s Cleantech Laggard of the Week. The city of Austin, and particularly its public transport firm, made one of the most amazing EV statements of the previous year, while the state of Texas headed out there and pressed to the goal among the worst EV policies I have actually seen in ages. As they state there, “Keep Austin unusual.” Maybe better would be “Keep Austin amazing and slap some sense into Texas.”
I’m offering Austin the award for CleanTech Leader of the Week since CapMetro, Austin’s local public transport supplier, has actually come out and revealed a big cleantech task that exceeds and beyond what I have actually seen prior to. Additionally, it’s a task that might motivate other huge tasks along the very same lines.
Firstly, back in 2021, CapMetro revealed it was purchasing 200 electrical buses from Proterra and New Leaflet. The news this previous week is that those electrical buses will be charged from solar energy produced by an enormous solar canopy. Partnering with BP Pulse and HOLT Renewables, CapMetro is plopping down $34 million for this solar canopy. It’s dazzling, and we just want to see more such tasks.
The task will consist of 7,000 photovoltaic panels covering 12 acres. Find Out More about it here
Now, however, onto the laggard of the week. …
You most likely understand what that has to do with. This is a basic one. The Texas legislature has actually chosen that electrical car owners must pay $200 a year as an additional tax or cost for not utilizing gas. With the legislature led by Republicans and the costs proceeding to Republican Guv Greg Abbott, do not anticipate any course correction here. A lot for the concept that Tesla moving its HQ to Texas and developing a ginormous factory there would favorably affect Texas state political leaders on the matter of EVs.
Acknowledgements to our Texas readers. If it makes you feel any much better, you can read my longer tirade about this news here
Have a suggestion for CleanTechnica, wish to market, or wish to recommend a visitor for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here
Solar PV & & Farming– Trends In Agrivoltaics
I do not like paywalls. You do not like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we carried out a restricted paywall for a while, however it constantly felt incorrect– and it was constantly hard to choose what we must put behind there. In theory, your most unique and finest material goes behind a paywall. However then less individuals read it! We simply do not like paywalls, therefore we have actually chosen to ditch ours.
Sadly, the media service is still a hard, cut-throat service with small margins. It’s a nonstop Olympic obstacle to remain above water or perhaps possibly– gasp— grow. So … .
(* ). If you like what we do and wish to support us, please chip in a bit regular monthly through