Long Draw Solar Plant -- Gail TX
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N 32° 45.932 W 101° 37.530
14S E 254054 N 3628346
A 225 MW solar power plant operated by Juno in Borden County west of Gail, Texas, sells clean solar energy to 4 Texas cities. The best view of the scale of this project is from the US 180 west of Gail
Waymark Code: WM15J28
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 01/10/2022
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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The GIGANTIC Long Draw Solar Power plant has a capacity of 225 MW ois located 13 miles west of Gail TX.

The solar plant serves 2 cities in North Texas (Denton and Garland), and 2 cities in Central Texas (New Braunfels and Kerrville).

From the Environment + Energy Leader website: (visit link)

"The 225-MW Long Draw Solar Project Breaks Ground in Texas
NOVEMBER 7, 2019

Construction began this week on the 225-megawatt Long Draw Solar project in Borden County, Texas. Four municipalities have already signed a power purchase agreement with Engie North America for all of the project’s capacity.

New Braunfels, Denton, Garland, and Kerrville along with their electric utilities signed a 15-year PPA, according to Engie. Under the terms of the agreement, New Braunfels Utilities contracted for 100 MW, Denton plans to purchase 75 MW of capacity, Garland signed on for 25 MW, and Kerrville for 25 MW.

When the agreement was first announced in December, PV Magazine’s John Weaver reported that “NBU said they signed the 100 MW deal at a price below 2.5¢/kWh.”

The PPA originated with a New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) request for solar energy proposal. Engie said that NBU then worked with Denton Municipal Electric, Garland Power & Light, and the Kerrville Public Utility Board on the solar energy purchase “in order to diversify their power supplies and to keep retail electricity rates low.”

Engie says that, when it comes online in the summer of 2020, Long Draw Solar will house more than 800,000 solar panels, and generate more than $10 million in total estimated tax payments to Borden County and the Borden County Independent School District over the project’s lifetime.

“This affordable resource will support GP&L’s competitive rate strategy,” said Garland Power & Light general manager and CEO Jeff Janke.

The solar market is heating up in Texas. Five electric distribution cooperatives in the state signed deals purchasing 7 MW of distribution-scale solar generation in May. Then in June, Mondelez International signed a VPPA for 65 MW from Enel Green Power North America’s 497-MW Roadrunner solar farm being constructed in Upton County.

Last month Wells Fargo signed a 10-year solar deal with NRG Energy company Reliant to power around 400 properties in Texas. And on Wednesday, Apple, eBay, Samsung, and Sprint signed a joint agreement to purchase power from Apex Clean Energy’s 500-MW White Mesa Wind project slated for Crockett County."

And from the Engie North America website: (visit link)

The Long Draw Solar Project is in a rural area where large-scale energy projects bring needed economic development, including short- and long-term employment as well as tax benefits to the local community. Located in central Texas, the Long Draw Solar Project site is surrounded by native range and cattle grazing land. The project started construction in September 2019 and became operational in mid-December, 2020.

Location: Borden County, Texas
Status: Operational
Project MW: 225 MW
Transmission: ERCOT
Project Area: 1,600+ acres
Customer: City of Denton, New Braunfels Utilities, Garland Power and Light, Kerrville Public Utility Board

Project Details

Over 1,600 acres of land under long-term lease, including all planned solar panels, collection lines, and access roads
1.8-mile overhead transmission line route required for project under easement

Generator Interconnection Agreement executed in August 2018
138 kV Interconnection at the Long Draw substation

Environment and Permitting

Protected Species Assessment complete
No significant biological constraints identified
No incidental take or eagle take permits required

All discretionary permits were acquired
Ministerial permits for construction/operation were obtained"
Type of system: Photovoltaic (electrical)

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