Pearland will revisit solar energy deal that could save $100,000 a year

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The city could secure a new electricity provider that would put all of its facilities on 100 percent renewable energy at a 6 percent cost savings, under a proposal considered by the City Council on Sept. 17.

The city’s energy broker, Tradition Energy, pitched the deal by aggregating several cities—including Mesquite, El Campo and Galveston. To lock in the rate, all cities would have to agree to five-year contracts starting in 2024.

However, council members held off on a vote and asked for more information. The item will return for a vote on Oct. 23, officials said.

“I’d hate to commit to something that we have no idea if this is a great deal or the worst deal ever,” Council Member Tony Carbone said.

At current electricity rates, the city’s annual bill is around $2.9 million, according city documents.

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Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018. A graduate of the University of Houston, Matt was most recently the director of community outreach and engagement at the Columbia Missourian and a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.
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