On Friday, the Farmers’ City Department announced that it was making very strong moves.
It will be the first city in Texas to run entirely on solar energy.
In February, the city signed a contract with BQ Energy Development to design, build and operate a 23-hectare solar farm on the city’s land.
The solar farm, which will be completed in the fall of 2024, will be the only type of solar farm in the city.
The site is a former landfill, although its use is limited, they are usually turned into parks, golf courses, wildlife sanctuaries.
Unlike most development projects, Alex Pharmakis, Farmers Sustainability Manager, says the project will not require many of the restoration measures that usually come with Texas Commission Environmental Permission and fees.
Officials also believe the new solar farm could save taxpayers money for residents.
“The agreement with BQ Energy closes the city’s value at a rate comparable to the last average for 20 years,” Pharmakis said.
If energy prices continue to rise, the Farmers’ Department is ready to save.
“The farm is expected to produce 13.6 million kWh per year, which is much more than is needed to power all of the city’s facilities,” said Jeff Brady, a spokesman for the city. “It will be connected to the Texas power grid and distributed by an electric retailer, as it will be named later.”
The new site is located in an industrial area near the intersection of Bush Turnpike and Valley View Lane.
“Ours [city] The council is committed to fully and quickly implementing the policy changes needed to create a more sustainable future for the Farmers Department, “said Mayor Robert C. Dye.” This solar farm is a big step in that direction. “