Georgetown solar power generation delayed to July 2018

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Plans for the city of Georgetown to add solar energy to its mix of energy suppliers have been delayed by more than a year.

The city had expected a solar farm in West Texas to be operational by the end of this year and begin providing power in early 2017; however, the company working on the project—SunEdison—filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and the solar farm was purchased by NRG Energy Inc.

City Council approved an agreement with the new company during its Tuesday, Nov. 8 meeting to authorize NRG to take over the project, Mayor Dale Ross told attendees Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the GridNext energy conference taking place this week in Georgetown.

“[The farm] should go online in 2018 and then solar and wind will fuel 100 percent of [the energy],” Ross said.

Georgetown Manager of Resource Planning Chris Foster said the city expects to begin receiving solar energy July 1, 2018.

The agreement will allow the city to provide 100 percent renewable energy to its customers.

City Council originally approved the agreement with SunEdison in February 2015 to provide a daily maximum output of 150 megawatts of solar-generated power. The agreement will continue through 2041.

The city is currently providing 100 percent renewable energy from its 144-megawatt wind farm in Amarillo. The city began receiving wind energy from the Spinning Spur 3 wind farm in September 2015.

The farm produces about 194 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 58,200 homes annually, according to a city news release.

The wind power agreement will continue through 2035.

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