Austin Energy joined Austin City Mayor Lee Leffingwell, as well as Village of Webberville Mayor Hector Gonzales, in inaugurating a 30 MW solar power plant located within the village of Webberville, Texas.
The activation of the power plant marks the first utility-scale solar deployment for Austin Energy and helps bring the utility closer to achieving a 35% renewable energy mix by 2020. According to Austin Energy, this is the largest active solar project of any public power utility in the country, the largest active project in Texas and among the largest of all operating solar projects in the U.S.Â
The project comprises more than 127,000 photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis trackers. It is expected to produce more than 61 GWh of energy in the first year of operation, Austin Energy adds. The utility plans to purchase the power and associated renewable energy credits under a 25-year power purchase agreement.