#Construction of 144MW Pflugerville #Solar #Project in Travis #County, #Texas, #US has begun. Recurrent Energy a subsidiary of Canadian Solar signed a Power #Purchase Agreement (“#PPA”) with Austin #Energy in 2018 for the Project to provide low-cost solar #power to the utility’s customers for 15 years following the start of operation.
This PPA supports Austin Energy’s #renewable #energy goals which commit the utility to cost-effectively reduce emissions and includes plans to exit from its coal-fired power generation by the end of 2022. Austin Energy serves more than 500,000 customers in the City of Austin, as well as several neighboring areas of Travis County and Williamson County.
Delivering affordable energy
“We are thrilled about this partnership with Recurrent Energy on the Pflugerville Solar Project,” said Jackie Sargent, Austin Energy General Manager. “The project not only expands our renewable portfolio and advances our climate protection goals, it is also located near our customer base. The solar project will also deliver affordable energy to our customers and it demonstrates Austin Energy’s continued dedication to fiscal #responsibility and environmental leadership. This project is a win-win,” he added.
The Pflugerville Solar Project is expected to create long-term permanent jobs to support the operation and maintenance of the power plant, as well as more than 350 construction jobs of which at least 50% will be performed by local workers. The project will also have a positive economic impact on the #local community by providing tax revenues for Travis County and the Elgin ISD, which will total approximately $350 million throughout the life of the project. Once operational, the Pflugerville Solar Project is expected to generate enough low-cost clean electricity to power the equivalent of #approximately 25,000 #Texas homes.