Harlingen’s first solar farms might be springing up
HARLINGEN — The city’s first solar farms planned to shoulder up the local electric grid might be springing up across farmland near the airport.
Now, a developer is requesting city commissioners consider granting a special permit to help his company build two solar farms on 13- and 27-acre tracts off Grimes Avenue near Valley International Airport.
John Porter, chief executive officer of Clean Footprint, a Cape Canaveral, Fl., company, is requesting commissioners consider granting the special use permit to develop solar farms generating 1.6 and 3.5 megawatts of alternating current in the area zoned for light industry.
“We are in an energy revolution,” Porter, who said he founded his company 13 years ago, told commissioners during an Aug. 16 meeting. “We believe solar is part of that. We’ve had quite a bit of experience doing this in other communities.”
Smyth officials To Consider Permit for $20 Million Solar Project
A proposed $20+ million solar project will come before county officials Thursday night as the land owner and developers seek a special use permit to move the endeavor forward.
David Spence, who owns the Rich Valley site, has farmed the land in question most of his life, raising beef cattle and their feed. He grew up about a mile away. On Saturday afternoon, he pulled his grandson to him and said he hopes this project will allow “me to slow down a little.”
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Solar Rebounded Strongly during Q1, Report Says
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The performance was driven in large part by supply chain challenges abating and delayed solar projects moving forward.
Renewable Energy World 6.8.2023
Clean Footprint, LLC Press Release
CLEAN FOOTPRINT PERSONNEL ATTEND MICROGRID KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE
MAY 15-17 ANAHEIM, CA
ATTENDEES: John Porter, CEO – David Prybil, Policy and Strategy Advisor
About 1500 attendees, ranging from key Department of Energy officials (handling grants and incentives) and industry behemoths like Schneider Electric and Eaton, all the way through to smaller tech engineering and financial-modeling firms, database and battery manufacturers, and non-profit groups, bringing power to underserved and in-peril communities throughout the globe.
The overall feeling was that there is an ample and ever-broadening opportunity for the use of microgrids, especially with the aid of the Inflation Reduction Act. However, it was also clear that the parameters of federal assistance and the best uses for the technology are still in the early days of being analyzed and executed.