About 400,000 solar panels will be generating electricity for the Austin area. It's will make enough electricity to power about 30,000 homes or even a city the size of Pflugerville.
The 720 acre field just outside of Pflugerville will soon be turned into the Pflugerville Solar Farm. The two to three year project will bring with it almost 350 jobs. Surrounding communities such as Pflugerville and Elgin I.S.D. say the solar farm will also generate revenue for the area.
Pflugerville is hoping more renewable industries will pick central Texas for their next project.
Elgin I.S.D. has grown 18 percent in the last five years. In order to continue building schools, Elgin I.S.D. needs the ability to issue more bonds. The district says thanks to the solar farm and the money it'll bring to the county that should now happen. RRE will also be working with Elgin ISD to educate kids on the next generation of energy.
"We think our kids are gonna be able to be trained and be at the very forefront of this alternative energy movement we're seeing across the nation and in the Austin area," said Bill, Elgin I.S.D. Superintendent.
R.R.E. Solar, LLC, who is building the solar farm is hoping this project will lay out the groundwork for even more solar farms throughout the state.
They're already looking at the Big Bend area and say they're looking to develop a 500 megawatt facility in the next five years.