Many US cities are increasing their green energy goals, with some, like Chicago, shooting for 100% renewable energy by the year 2025. Further south, Houston says, “We have NO problem,” with nearly 90% of its municipal electricity already being generated by renewable sources. Part of that comes from the recently constructed SolaireHolman plant, which saw “first light” in the spring of 2017. The 50MW solar powerhouse provides electricity to the city of Houston through a power purchase agreement (PPA). Additionally, the plant delivers wholesale power to ERCOT, the Texas state power grid. (The US is divided into three main power grids: Eastern, Western, and Texas. Why does Texas have its own grid? Because it’s Texas, I suppose.)
Covering 360 acres of land, the array contains more than 200,000 solar panels arranged into 26 blocks.
For two consecutive years, Houston has been highest ranking local government on the EPA’s list of green energy …