Solar Farm Divides a Ranching Community

Article by L.M. Sixel , Houston Chronicle

Solar farm divides a ranching community

Solar panel farms in Texas are dividing residents

A proposed 1,100-acre solar farm with as many as 450,000 solar panels has divided residents in Van Zandt County. Some local land owners welcome the thought of receiving $450 per acre rent for forty years, while others see the project as an eyesore.

Solar is the fastest growing source of electricity in Texas, with its share of power generation expected to double to 2 percent this year and more than double again to 5 percent in 2021, according to the Texas Solar Power Association, a trade group. Solar projects are under development in about 80, or nearly one-third, of the state’s 254 counties.

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