Vistra Energy buys large West Texas solar farm

OCI Solar Power’s Alamo 4 plant in Brackettville features more than 150,000 solar panels and sits on 600 acres of privately owned land. The solar farm is OCI Solar’s first Texas project outside of metro San Antonio and was built as part of an agreement with CPS Energy to provide solar-generated electricity.
Credit: OCI Solar Power

Dallas-based Vistra Energy said  Wednesday that it has purchased one of the largest utility-scale solar farms in Texas, known as Upton County Solar 2.

The project, which is expected to start generating energy next summer, will have the capacity to generate 180 megawatts of power, the most of any solar farm in Texas, Vistra said in a news release. Vistra is the parent company of TXU Energy, a retail electric provider, and Luminant, a power company, both based in Dallas.


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During peak demand, particularly during the hot summer, the solar farm will have the capacity e to power 27,700 average homes. Construction on the project will generate 500 jobs, Vistra said.

Utility-scale solar projects are on the rise in Texas, with several major projects currently being developed and built.