Saturday, I spoke with Angelos Angelou. Angelos provides economic consulting for two solar development companies in Central Texas.
- RRE Austin Solar is currently building in Pflugerville the largest solar power array in the nation. The company has a goal of building 500 megawatts (MW) in the United States in the next 12 months.
- Fotowatio a Spanish company with one-third ownership by GE has a goal of 1,000 MW in 2011.
Angelos gave me a snapshot of the 300 MW solar power planned and under construction in Central Texas and San Antonio right now. We’re a growing hot spot!
- 100 MW in San Antonio
- 60 MW by RRE Austin Solar in Plugerville
- 30 MW by Fotowatio in Webberville
- 30 MW by International Power in San Marcos
- 10 MW by Toshiba in Bastrop
These numbers don’t include the growing star of solar arrays already soaking in the sun on Texas rooftops across the state!
Harvey Hayek, one of the farmers who founded the Texas Pecan Alliance pointed me to Pflugerville’s new solar power array. Harvey wants cleaner air for his family and neighbors. He can see a solar farm rising in place of LCRA and Austin’s coal plant near his farm in Fayette County.
This is our future. And it is now!
Governor Perry and the leaders of this state can move forward with the future and stop fighting greenhouse gas regulation.
Donna Hoffman, Communications Coordinator, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club