I read an article on the plane this weekend about Heliovolt's new solar manufacturing plant in Austin. The Austin-born thin-film photovoltaic company is going to be the first manufacturer to produce photovoltaics in Texas.
In another sign that solar is making it's way eastward its stronghold in silicon valley, startup solar-thermal company Ausra is starting an office in Texas, and looking to hire an executive, according to a job posting on the Berkeley Institute of the Environment webpage (find it here).
With the cost of solar electricity dropping each year, growing demand for electricity, and a public/regulatory environment that makes development of coal-powered plants less desireable than alternatives, Texas is in a great place to soak up a lot of solar business in the next few years.
And with the ERCOT North and West transmission zones congested almost to capacity with wind power, solar is looking better every day.
My prediction: Look for a boom in Texas solar, starting in late 2009 (right around when a lot of you will be graduating). My recommendation: start tailoring your resume to take advantage of the next energy boom, right here in Texas...