Ector County’s Permian Basin, located in West Texas, is known for its fossil fuel production. Unfortunately, along with its high production of oil, it also has a high production of pollution. Thankfully, Texas solar power plants are popping up all over the state. Solar installations generate electricity that’s cleaner, and cheaper, than fossil fuels. It’s no wonder why so many Texas solar power plants are being built- including the new Oberon Solar Power Facility.
While Ector County has been producing fossil fuels, it could also be producing just as much solar power. This is a fact which 174 Power Global, the company who is building the solar farm, is very aware of. Henry Yun, president of 174 Power Global, said, “West Texas has some of the most productive sun in the state, and Ector County is a welcoming, business friendly area. 174 Power Global is committed to producing solar power at Oberon at a price that is competitive with other forms of generation.”
It’s a win-win for the county as well. Prior to the development of the Oberon Solar Plant, the land it will sit on was empty. Thanks to an agricultural exemption, the county received $1,200 to $1,500, but nothing productive was being done with the land. Now with the new Oberon solar power plant, the county will be making thousands more. Plus, this new Texas solar power plant will create many construction jobs, and create greater diversity in the electrical generation.
Brooks Landgraf, Texas State Representative, expressed hope that this would encourage greater growth for the solar energy throughout the region. “We have more potential for solar power here than virtually any other area in the country. The Permian Basin is leading the way in our country’s march towards energy independence.”
The 150 MW Texas solar power plant is expected to be completed in 2020, and will be built on 5,000 acres of land. It will produce enough electricity to power 30,000 households, and will hopefully encourage greater investment in renewable energy in the area.
The solar movement in Texas is rapidly gaining speed for its cost saving factors while keeping the state of Texas clean. Sunpro Solar is excited to be a part on providing renewable energy solutions and solar to homeowners and businesses.