Texas Town to Flip the Switch—100 Percent Renewable Energy

Georgetown, located north of Austin and home to 54,000 Texans, will soon be a part of the future, by running completely on renewable energy.

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March 18, 2015, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"Georgetown says it plans to be the first city in Texas entirely powered by renewable energy," reports James Osborne.

"The city’s electrical utility is planning to announce Wednesday that it is signing a deal with solar developer SunEdison for 150 megawatts of solar power beginning in 2016," adds Osborne. That new capacity will be added the power delivered by a wind energy deal from 2014.

For the record, and in a potential sign of more deals like this to come in the future, Osborne reports that Georgetown officials made the decision for business reasons rather than environmental reasons. The deal with SunEdison is actually cheaper than their previous arrangement.

The article notes that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website, 12 municipalities have set a target of 100 percent renewables. Burlington, Vermont claims to have already reached its goal of 100 percent renewables, but there is some debate about whether its energy sources can be considered renewable.

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