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.
“The Webberville Solar Project exemplifies Austin's leadership and investment in a clean energy future,” Leffingwell said. “The City of Austin is proud to support a project that reduces emission levels in our community, provides energy during hot summer days when it is needed most and promotes new technologies that future generations can benefit from.”