There are a number of cities in the United States that are enhancing their energy goals, Chicago, for example, is aiming for the adoption of hundred percent renewable energy by the year 2025.Similarly, Houston adds that they have no issues if ninety percent of their municipal energy has already been generated by a source of renewable energy. Part of this energy will be harnessed by the recently built SolaireHolman plant that took its first breath in spring this year.
It is a 50MW solar powerhouse that will offer electricity to the city of Houston with a PPA or a Power Purchase Agreement. Apart from this, the plant is also capable of delivering wholesale power to the Texas state power grid, ERCOT. It will cover an area worth 360 acres of area, the array will have more than 200, 000 solar panels that have been arranged in 26 blocks.
Every single block is constituted by 98 blocks that have self-powered mono-axis trackers which will permit every single row to have 80 solar modules to move along the sun on an east-west journey all over the sky. As and when you will plug-in an array size along with some other parameters in the PVWatts that has the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar power estimation tool, it will show that the PV farm will be able to generate approx. 79 GWh energy every year, this can easily cover ten percent of Houston’s municipal electricity requirements.
Since last two years, Houston has been on the highest ranks in terms of green energy users. It also ranks seventh best when it comes to green power users in the complete United States. The SolaireHolman plant will help the city in keeping its status as one of the greenest cities across the American continent. Failure can never be an option when it comes to the achievement of green energy goals for Houston.
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