Energy Efficiency, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - May 10, 2018
Denton, Texas approves 100 MW solar PPA
The Public Utilities Board of Denton, Texas voted unanimously to approve a 15-year contract with NextEra for the output of the Bluebell 2 solar plant, a 100-MW project to be built in West Texas and operational by November. Denton was the second Texas city to commit to sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy, with a deadline of 2020.
A report in PV Magazine noted, “As the Trump Administration continues to dig up legal maneuvers in an attempt to keep failing coal and nuclear plants online, cities across the United States are increasingly committing to source 100% of their electricity from renewables. And while this includes ‘blue’ cities such as San Diego, California, and Minneapolis, an increasing number of municipalities in so-called 'red' states are also taking this pledge."
PV Magazine reported that Denton has a previous PPA with NextEra for the output of the 30 MW Bluebell Solar 1 plant, located nearby, as well as for a 150 MW wind plant, also in West Texas, which is expected to be online this month. The three projects combined will allow Denton to source some 60% of its power from renewable energy, according to Sierra Club estimates.
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