South Texas is no stranger to sunny days, and now, all that sun will be used to our advantage.
CPS Energy, SAWS, The City of San Antonio, and Solar Developer SunEdison are partnering up for their first-ever solar project, which would bring energy to thousands of homes in the city.
"We are determined to make good investments in affordable, clean energy for our city, and this solar project is an excellent example of that," said Mayor Julian Castro. “Texas already leads the nation in investment in wind, and San Antonio leads Texas. Now we lead in solar energy as well.”
The solar farm is located at the Dos Rios Recycling Center, where more than 83,000 panels will track the sun on a daily basis. Each of the two plants will generate enough energy to power over 1,500 homes.
Developers say there's never been a better time for something like this.
"The time for solar, is really now, said Robert Reinchenberger, VP of Commercial Solar for SunEdison. “The price of solar and the cost of solar has come down significantly. I've been in this business for for years and it’s come down to about a third of what it was when I first started."
In addition to great timing, Texas also has great sun, and pleaty of land for solar farms.
Castro said he is happy San Antonio is leading the way, when it comes to solar energy.
“We want to do it in a way that is affordable to rate payers, but looks forward to the future,” said Castro. “We think we hit the right balance here."
In addition to Monday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, SunEdison also contributed $300,000 in academic scholarships to the Universtiy of Texas at San Antonio and Alamo Colleges, as part of their agreement with CPS Energy.