Austin Energy is planning to transform a 26-acre lot in East Austin that is owned by the city into the first community solar farm,the Austin American-Statesman reported.The project will also be the utility company's first smaller-scale project within city limits.
The land, a half-mile from Springdale Road, is not attractive to developers since it lies near an electrical substation and a railroad track, Austin Energy's Manager of Solar Services Danielle Murray told the Statesman. Last spring, Austin Energy sought bids to build the four-megawatt plant, which will be enough to power 500 homes. In the next month or so, a bidder will be picked, Murray said, but noted that the project needs City Council's blessing.
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