An Australian-based developer, announced it is leasing 1,800 acres near Orchard Texas in Fort Bend County to build a 200-megawatt solar facility. County officials have offered 10 years of tax abatements for the $170 million project.
Fort Bend Solar will mount about 700,000 solar panels on a single-axis tracker system, which will allow the 3-foot by 6-foot panels to slowly rotate from east to west for maximum absorption. The solar panels will connect to the transmission lines of CenterPoint Energy and are expected to add enough energy to power 40,000 homes.
Construction is expected to begin next year, and the facility is expected to be up and running in 2020.
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