The city of Houston has selected NRG Energy Inc. in a competitive bid process to develop, own and operate what the city says is the largest solar project in Texas to date. This agreement must be approved by the Houston City Council and mayor.
The proposed project will have the capacity to generate approximately 10 MW of power, which would be purchased by the city under a long-term power purchase agreement. The facility, as proposed, would come online in the second quarter of 2010 and would create approximately 100 jobs during construction.
The facility will be developed at NRG's TH Wharton Electrical Generating Station in northwest Houston. By using land an existing NRG site, the solar project can take advantage of available land and existing nearby interconnects to reduce costs, the city notes.
NRG plans to use PV solar modules manufactured by First Solar Inc.
SOURCE: City Of Houston