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Webberville, Texas

Specs

Size:
30MW

Type:
Ground Mounted

Status:
Completed

Austin Energy has inaugurated its 30MW solar plant in Webberville, Texas. The system, which went live on December 20, 2011, is the largest active solar project of any public power utility in the country and its opening ceremony was attended by Lee Leffingwell and Hector Gonzales, the mayors of Austin and Webberville. Over 127,000 modules, mounted on single-axis trackers, power the 380-acre site, which is expected to generate more than 61 million kWh of electricity in its first year of operation and 1.4 billion kWh over its 25-year lifespan. Austin Energy will purchase this electricity via a fixed-rate power purchase agreement.

Site size 153 hectares
Cost Undisclosed
Equipment 127,000 modules, single-axis trackers
Completion date December 2011

Publications

  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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