Webberville Solar Farm

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Webberville Solar Farm
Webberville Solar Farm Near Austin Texas from the Air.JPG
Aerial Photo of Webberville Solar Farm
CountryUnited States
LocationWebberville, Texas
Coordinates30°14′18″N 97°30′31″W / 30.23833°N 97.50861°W / 30.23833; -97.50861Coordinates: 30°14′18″N 97°30′31″W / 30.23833°N 97.50861°W / 30.23833; -97.50861
StatusOperational
Commission date2012
Solar field
TypeFlat-panel PV
Site area155 ha (383 acres)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity35 MW

The 35 MW Webberville Solar Farm, located in Webberville, Texas, is a photovoltaic array in Texas. It is made up of 127,728 Trina Solar solar panels[1] mounted on single-axis trackers, covers an area of 380 acres (150 ha), and was built at a cost of $250 million.[2] It is expected to generate 61 GWh in the first year of operation,[3] and 1.4 billion kWh over its 25 year life. Operation began on December 20, 2011, while ribbon cutting by Austin's mayor, Lee Leffingwell, was held on January 6, 2012.[4] The project was constructed by RES Americas, who will operate the plant for five years. SunEdison in 2012 sold the plant to MetLife and Longsol Holdings, but will operate the plant for 20 years upon the expiration of the responsibilities of RES Americas.[5]

While most cites list it as a 30 MW plant - its nominal AC capacity, the NREL database lists it as 34 MWP(DC).[6]

Austin Energy, which is purchasing the power generated under a 25 year PPA, has a goal of generating 35% of power consumed from renewable resources by 2020.[4][7]

Solar panels
Watts Number Total
270 32,018 8.644860 MW
275 63,238 17.390450 MW
280 32,022 8.966160 MW
Total 127,278 35.0 MW

Source:Webberville Solar Farm[8]

Production[edit]

Generation (MW·h) of Webberville Solar Project [9]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2012 3,049 2,915 4,144 6,269 6,363 6,941 6,094 6,465 5,440 4,707 4,229 7,364 63,980
2013 3,211 4,110 6,113 5,017 6,068 5,861 6,217 6,343 5,173 4,810 3,112 2,943 58,978
2014 3,713 1,799 4,841 5,473 6,113 5,835 6,738 6,857 5,186 5,573 3,698 2,134 57,960
2015 3,060 3,244 4,183 4,535 4,400 5,943 6,916 6,296 5,482 4,721 2,129 2,820 53,729
2016 2,973 3,533 3,635 3,492 2,931 4,273 5,106 4,377 4,289 4,454 2,843 2,185 44,091
Total 278,738

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Webberville Solar
  2. ^ New Austin solar farm will raise electricity bills Archived April 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Webberville, Texas
  4. ^ a b Austin Energy Activates 30 MW Solar Farm
  5. ^ SunEdison sells 30MW Webberville solar plant to MetLife and Longsol Holdings
  6. ^ The Open PV Project
  7. ^ Largest Solar Farm in Texas Opens
  8. ^ Technical details
  9. ^ "Webberville Solar Project, Monthly". Electricity Data Browser. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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