By Ken Molestina

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IRVING (CBS11) – Forget the oil rush.  A shift in the way people consumer energy in North Texas suggests the solar rush is alive and well.

Ali Samana, of 1 Solar Solution says it’s taken North Texas longer than some other areas across the country, but now the desire to switch from traditional energy sources to solar energy is creating a never before seen demand by home owners and big companies.

“From Q1 last year to Q1 this year we’ve seen a four-fold increase,” said Samana.

The State of Texas doesn’t offer any incentives for those seeking to switch to solar energy. However, rebates from the federal government are available as well as incentives from transmission and distribution companies like Oncor.

Despite the state not offering incentives, Samana says the demand is still there and it’s growing.

“Generally 70 to 80 percent of their (electricity) bill is gone,” claims Samana.

Toyota is the perhaps the largest name in companies that have now jumped on the solar rush bandwagon.

The company announced this week that their new plant in Plano will have 25 percent of it’s energy sourced from solar power.

“When you are building a huge Toyota plant, a tenth of a penny could mean millions of dollars,” said Samana.

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