Thursday, January 12, 2012
This Wednesday Julian Castro mayor of San Antonio announced the companies that will create one of the largest solar farms in North America. Definitely a milestone not only for the city of San Antonio, but also for the Southwest Workers union who introduced the idea three years ago in the People's Power plan that is based on the principles of environmental and social justice that help shape the vision for a more energy sufficient San Antonio. The deal will create more then 800 new jobs not including the countless number of construction jobs it will take to build the plants. The location of the manufacturing plant will be tentatively located on the far west side of San Antonio
In 2010 the city also announced the construction of a massive solar farm on the southeast side on San Antonio. The 140 acre site is the largest solar farm in Texas that powers up to 1,800 homes. The Farm became a first in the right direction for a greener San Antonio. Although the farm only creates a small small percentage of actual energy used by Texans with the new manufacturing plant both the farm and plant will produce enough energy to power countless numbers of homes and businesses.
A much more neighborhood friendly addition then that of a nuclear power plant which CPS ,the major energy supplier for San Antonio, tried to push years back that was derailed with countless efforts of SWU and other organizations as well as concerned citizens. San Antonio in many ways will lead the state and even the nation to reduced our carbon footprint.
Express News Article on the Mega Solar Project:
Express News Article on the Solar Farm Project: