The city of Georgetown, Texas plans to utilize 100% renewable energy by installing 150MW of new solar power capacity.
SunEdison will construct solar plants in West Texas that will provide over 9,5000GWh through 2041 for the town. This will be enough to provide power to over 24,000 homes for 25 years.
Paul Gaynor, executive vice president of North America utility and global wind at SunEdison stated: “Georgetown is an exceptional city, and by going 100% renewable they will cut down on pollution, save water and enjoy stable energy prices…Georgetown is a model for other cities that hope to become powered by clean renewable energy.”
According to Jim Briggs, interim city manager for Georgetown and general manager for utilities: “Georgetown Utility Services isn’t required to buy solar or other renewables – we did so because it will save on electricity costs and decrease our water usage. This power purchase agreement makes Georgetown Utility Systems one of the largest municipal utilities in the nation to be 100% renewable power.”
This is the largest utility-scale solar agreement SunEdison has in Texas, and is one of the largest solar agreements the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has within its jurisdiction.
SunEdison hopes to present this project to its yield co TerraForm Power, owners and operators of clean energy power plants, for investment once completed. It believe it will create close to 800 jobs in Texas while under construction.