Austin Energy activates 30 MW solar farm

Austin, Texas, January 9, 2012  — Austin Energy announced the activation of 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 power deployment for Austin Energy and helps bring the utility one step closer to achieving a 35 percent renewable energy mix by 2020.

The announcement was made at a ribbon cutting event held at the 380 acre photovoltaic solar farm. The 30 MW solar project is comprised of more than 127,000 photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis trackers that follow the sun to maximize solar energy production. The utility-scale solar power plant is expected to produce more than 61 million kWh of solar energy in the first year of operation alone.

The utility-scale solar project was made possible through a 25-year solar power purchase agreement in which Austin Energy will purchase the energy at a fixed rate along with the renewable energy credits.

It is expected the 30 MW solar project will generate more than 1.4 billion kWh of clean, renewable energy over 25 years. That is enough energy to power more than 136,000 average U.S. homes (5,000 homes per year) while offsetting more than 1.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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