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March 20, 2015
By: Sophie Vorrath / REneweconomy

Texas city to go 100% solar, wind – because it’s cheaper, more reliable


Williamson county courthouse | Photo credit: Larry D. Moore, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

A city in Texas – home to the “Gusher Age” of American oil – is aiming to become 100 per cent renewable within two years, after finalising a deal with SunEdison to supply it with solar power for 25 years.

 

Georgetown – population 54,000 – will take the output from the 150MW solar plant and another 144MW from a new wind farm to source its needs from renewables. The local utility saying it has turned to wind and solar because it is cheaper and more reliable, and requires a lot less water.

 

The deal with SunEdison will provide electricity at a lower overall cost than the City of Georgetown’s previous wholesale power contracts – and will supply more than 9,500 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy to Georgetown rate payers through 2041, enough to power more than 24,000 homes a year for 25 years.

 

Source:  reneweconomy.com.au/

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More News from the City of Gerogetown:

Georgetown Utility to Be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy by 2017

 

 


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