Austin Energy aims to establish more solar arrays in western Texas
(SeeNews) – Nov 28, 2011 – US electricity generation company Austin Energy could establish three large solar power arrays in western Texas, according to a report on the company's plans, the Statesman said on Sunday.
The report was issued in response to a request of the City Council, which is seeking to find out whether the company's plans may help it achieve its goal of reducing its dependence on coal as a power source.
Under the report, Austin Energy may build solar facilities near Toyah, Pecos and Saragosa.
But the report also notes the company's worries regarding solar rooftops, as they are expensive, hard to service and plagued with financial problems.
However, the company said it did not envisage to reduce the almost USD 4 million (EUR 2.99m) of its annual spending on rooftop solar subsidies. The electric company currently has about 5 MW of rooftop solar capacity.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.752)