Solar Power Runs The City Of Presidio 10/23/13
October 23, 2013
Presidio – Is it possible for a whole city to run solely off of solar power? Well the city of Presidio is putting that question to the test, and it’s proving to be extremely successful. Officials say before the plant was up and running the city was constantly having blackouts, now they are saying that’s a thing of the past.
“I mean this is the future of the United States,” said SunEdison Service Technician Edger Briones.
Located just two and a half miles outside of Presidio, sits more than 42 thousand solar panels; all harvesting enough energy to run a city twice its size.
“The plant is providing electricity to Presidio and beyond, we are one of the few cities that can tout that our city is run by the sun,” said Presidio Municipal Development District Executive Director Brad Newton.
Due to constant weather changes in the area, lightning storms would frequently knock out power to the whole city, sometimes up to 6 hours at a time. “It was a real problem, of course the electrical spikes that we endured would knock out computers, refrigerators and air conditioners. It really reeked havoc on electrical appliances,” said Newton.
For the city of Presidio, the decision to move to all solar power was an easy choice. The location is wide open and UV rays are high. “Solar power, to the city of Presidio is something that is abundant here. What used to be a liability is now an asset,” said Newton.
Newton says Presidio County entered into a non-annexation agreement with SunEdison and will be paying 20 percent of the taxes for the next ten years. Something he says is well worth the cost to finally be energy independent.