Entire Texas Town Could be Solar Powered
Pflugerville, Texas is a small city of about 50,000 people, near Austin. Officials there are currently negotiating with RRE Austin Solar, and Travis County to develop a solar powerplant that could generate enough power for every house in the city. The plant will likely be located on a 600 acre farm about fifteen miles away. It will house about $750,000 worth of solar panels.
At the moment, Austin Solar (the company constructing the farm) is still waiting to hear about tax incentives they need to be able to go ahead with building the facility. Without tax breaks, they say they can’t afford to do the work.
If the agreements are made, then they will start construction at the end of 2010. The new solar power plant will reportedly be 60 megawatts which is estimated to be enough provide power for all the residents. The city’s mayor, Jeff Coleman said of the proposed development,
“Pflugervillians, like most Central Texans, have a high degree of concern about the environment, and therefore I think our citizens will be proud that this opportunity is in Pflugerville.”
If all plans are approved, the Austin Solar would be obligated to finish construction by 2014. The plant would also have to be operational that year. One of the advantages of solar power plant construction is the relatively quick construction time. Building the plant will employ 200-300 people, but operating it will require only about five.
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