Mayor's Office Press Release
Mayor Annise Parker Continues Renewable Energy Leadership
November 10, 2015 -- Mayor Annise Parker and Houston City Council today approved a large scale solar project, adding to the City’s renewable energy leadership.
“Approving this 30 MW solar power purchase agreement helps the City power municipal operations with renewable energy, as well as securing low cost energy over a long term, resulting in savings to the City,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “This is an economic and environmental win for Houston.”
Due to the cost of solar energy dropping significantly over the past few years, the City embarked on a process to identify a solar energy provider for its municipal operations to diversify the City’s energy portfolio and secure low cost energy and long term price stability. Additional economic benefits to the City include:
- Minimize exposure to natural gas price fluctuations
- Realize budget certainty and energy price stability with a guaranteed electricity rate
- Long term savings
Under this agreement, Hecate Energy will supply the City with up to 30 megawatts of renewable solar energy from a facility it will build and operate in Alpine, Texas to Reliant Energy Retail Services LLC, the City’s current retail electric provider.
“More kudos for Mayor Annise Parker and Houston for approving a 30 MW solar project which will reduce Houston’s carbon footprint and save money over time,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “Another big win, adding to the Mayor’s sustainability legacy.”
In addition to the economic benefits, numerous quality of life benefits will accrue to the City including increasing renewable generation capacity and improving air quality in Houston and Texas. With this project, the City will also continue its national leadership in renewable energy purchases.