Old 300 Solar Center

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About the project

Located in Fort Bend County, Texas, the approximately 400MWac Old 300 Solar Center will have the capability to power 65,000 homes annually; helping meet the energy needs of Texans during peak demand periods. Ørsted, a leading developer of wind and solar projects across the United States, will construct, own and operate the Old 300 Solar Center.

The project is a long-term asset for Ørsted and the Fort Bend County community. By empowering local landowners who are leasing their land for this project, the development of Old 300 Solar creates a dependable income source for family ranches. Furthermore, project construction will create hundreds of local jobs and the long-term operation of Old 300 Solar will generate millions in property tax revenue for Fort Bend County and the Needville Independent School District.

Name: Old 300 Solar Center
Location: Fort Bend County, Texas
Capacity: Approximately 400 MWac
Annual Production: Enough to power 65,000 homes
Owner & Developer: Ørsted
Interconnection: CenterPoint Energy
Jobs created during construction: Approximately 300
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Benefits of partnering with Ørsted

As a long-term operator of solar and wind projects, Ørsted is committed to the highest quality standards of project construction and safety. This starts with the first steps of development and lasts until the project is decommissioned.

Examples:

  • Procurement of solar panels from Tier 1 manufacturers that adhere to the highest quality standards
  • Local procurement of materials and local hiring, when possible
  • Regular deployment of Operation & Maintenance staff to ensure site safety and peak performance
  • 24/7 system monitoring to track performance and proactively detect any issues

Health & Safety

Ørsted is dedicated to operating a safe and reliable solar energy system. Ørsted prioritizes site water management, mowing, safety and site security. We collaborate with trade associations such as the Texas Solar Power Association and the Advanced Power Alliance to ensure state-recognized standards are maintained for our solar site throughout its life and encourage other developers to adhere to similar standards.

Good neighbors

Throughout the construction and operation of Old 300 Solar Center, Ørsted will hold regular meetings with Fort Bend County officials to discuss any concerns that may arise. Company representatives are also available to meet directly with nearby neighbors to address their concerns.

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- Why solar

The Old 300 Solar project will generate millions in property tax revenue over its lifetime that will benefit Fort Bend County and the Needville Independent School District. In addition, the project will contribute to the local economy through the numerous jobs created and rental income to landowners. Construction will create upwards of 300 jobs as well as several full-time employment opportunities during the lifetime of the project.

Solar energy generates electricity without the air and water pollution of other fuel sources. The Old 300 Solar project will secure affordable energy, clean air, and clean water for Fort Bend County. In addition, it will enable local landowners to optimize the economic potential of their land holdings by generating income for their families and creating revenue for the community for generations to come.

Old 300 Solar will allow local Texan landowners to optimize the economic potential of their land holdings

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Local partners

BioWest

JFWCO

Terracon

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What's in a name?

The name “Old 300” honors the approximately 300 families and partnerships who received land grants in Stephen F. Austin’s first colony. Stephen F. Austin’s father, Moses Austin, received a permit from the Spanish in 1821 to settle 300 families in Texas. Unfortunately, Moses Austin died before he could realize his plans for these 300 families.


Later, Stephen F. Austin took his father’s place and won recognition of the empresario's grant. Austin quickly found willing colonists from Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. By the end of the summer of 1824, most of the “Old Three Hundred” were in Texas settling in along the rich bottomlands of the Brazos, Colorado, and San Bernard Rivers.

The land where they settled is what we know now as Ft. Bend County.

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About Ørsted 

Ørsted is a global renewable energy company with operations in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Publicly traded since 2016 and headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted develops, constructs, owns and operates offshore and onshore utility-scale wind farms, solar, energy storage facilities and bioenergy plants and provides energy products to its customers. In the United States, Ørsted’s renewable energy portfolio spans technologies and geographies with onshore wind, offshore wind, solar and storage in operation or construction across Texas, the Midwest and Northeast markets. Of Ørsted’s 8GW of global installed capacity, we have 1.3GW of onshore wind in the US with a further 0.8GW under construction. In addition, we have 460MWAC of solar PV and battery storage under construction. By 2025 we aim to have at least 5GW operational onshore capacity across the country. Ørsted has the ambition to be a global green energy major in the rapidly expanding renewable energy market with 30 gigawatts of installed capacity by 2030, enough to power the lives of more than 55 million people.

For more information on Ørsted, visit orsted. com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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