30 Jun '13, 4pm

Central Texas Dreams Big for Solar Energy Center

Austin, Texas -- Texas A&M University-Central Texas (TAMU-CT) is opening the doors for what it claims will be the planet's biggest solar energy test facility, a 50-MW undertaking spanning both commercial demonstrations and testing, with an incubator program to shepherd newer technologies. The system also will produce all of the university's power requirements (achieved via net metering), housing enough renewable energy to power the entire TAMU-CT's campus. Projected to cost nearly $600 million, the Center for Solar Energy will cover up to 800 acres in Bell County, TX, adjacent to the campus and neighboring Fort Hood. PPA Partners is developing the project, with "one of the 10 largest domestic electric contractors and renewable EPCs" handling installation of all the PV systems. The project will be built out in stages, or "blocks," according to Bruce Mercy, executive directo...

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