A Texas company is planning to build a high-voltage power line that will connect two of the nation's largest solar power plants in Vicksburg, Texas. Invenergy has begun construction of a 1,000-megawatt solar plant spanning three Texas counties. The energy developer and operator announced the news on Wednesday.
Although the solar plant will be divided into numerous adjacent sites, its total capacity will be greater than the 690 megawatt Gemini project, which currently holds the record for the largest solar project planned in the United States. The company says it has 709,000 solar panels that can generate enough electricity to power 40,000 homes.
The project will also significantly boost the state's efforts to become a major force in reducing solar demand. The importance of renewable resources in Louisiana is one of the most important factors in the development of solar energy in this state. We have the second largest renewable energy potential in Texas, behind Texas and Texas A & M.
The energy network, which connects 15 states and transports low-cost energy to Mississippi, is already operational. This system works so well in Texas that Pattern Development Texas wants to sell wind energy to Louisiana, where prices are higher because they are flirting with the regulated system.
In Texas, solar growth is being fueled by a property tax cut that allows developers to pay less property taxes in exchange for public improvements. This supports large-scale electricity projects of all kinds, including solar, and encourages the development of large-scale renewable energy projects such as wind and solar.
The SEIA reports that the tax credit has led to a more than 1,000 percent increase in the number of solar projects in Texas since it came into effect. According to ERCOT, the nonprofit that oversees the Texas grid, installed solar capacity at the largest grid-connected solar farms is expected to increase 150 percent this year to 5,777 megawatts. The installation capacity of the state's largest solar farm, a 1.5-megawatt project at Texas Power & Light, could double each year. According to developer E RCOT, installed solar power is to grow by "more than 130 percent" to 13,449 megawatts by 2020.
The court agreed that other advanced biofuels, including imported sugar cane ethanol and biomass-based diesel, could account for a significant share of U.S. energy supplies for the next decade.
Solar and wind power, the DOE said, could meet more than half of Austin's total renewable energy needs by 2020, and solar production has nearly tripled since then. But even with solar growth, it still accounts for less than 1% of total US energy supplies. The state's scarce and sustainable wind resources mean that the potential for wind power generation in Austin and other parts of Texas is relatively low. Texas' first large-scale solar power plant went online in 2017 and will lead to accelerated breakthroughs in the conversion and efficiency of solar cells, which will help reduce the total cost of solar energy.
There are now 17 solar plants in Texas, including 13 that can generate at least 100 megawatts of electricity, according to SEIA. Texas ranks second in the nation in installed solar capacity this year, behind California and ahead of New York and California. MISO has more than 1,000 megawatt hours of solar power capacity and now has 17% of all solar power plants in Texas, 13 of which can each produce at least 10 MW of renewable energy.
Louisiana produces mainly oil and natural gas and has the second largest oil and gas reserves in the world in the United States. Mississippi is the site of America's largest underground salt caverns, which store natural gas. Natural gas, which is fed through pipelines between the states of Mississippi, continues to flow, mainly through Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. Many natural gas pipelines between states cross Mississippi, so natural gas supplies are routed through the state. Louisiana's main product is oil or natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast of the United States.
Louisiana has a large number of natural gas resources and capacities that make it unique in the United States and enable it to meet a large proportion of the US oil and gas needs.
Louisiana can be divided into three major regions: the Gulf Coast, the Deep South, and the East Coast. It offers fertile farmland, where soybeans, cotton and corn are the most valuable crops. In Texas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) manages and preserves the country's natural and cultural resources. The Texas Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Texas Fish and Game (TXG) manage and own more than 3,000 square miles of land in the state, most of which is owned and managed by the State Parks, Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation Commission (SPWC).
About 11,100 homes in Mississippi rely on propane as their primary source of electricity, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Mississippi also has a large number of biodiesel production facilities that have an annual production capacity of more than 1.5 million gallons per day (MWh).