First Municipal Solar Farm in Texas
The city of Farmers Branch, with an agreement with BQ Energy to design, build and operate a 23-acre solar farm on land owned by the city will soon be the first in Texas to operate entirely on solar energy produced onsite. Construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2024 on the former landfill.
The city council considered the feasibility of rooftop solar and other means to mitigate the city's carbon footprint versus the use of this brownfield site, which had the bonus of solving the problems associated with a degraded landfill closed since the 1980s.
Officials believe the new solar farm will bring tax savings for residents by generating 13.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year for the city, which has a population of around 50,000. Sustainability Manager Alexander Pharmakis says that's enough electricity to power all the city's municipal buildings, street lights and other assets, plus 1,100 homes.
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