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 74,600 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 74,600 homes
Owner & Developer: Ørsted
Interconnection: CenterPoint Energy
Jobs created during construction: Approximately 300
Solar panel closeup
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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.  Approximately 25-50% of union hires for construction of the project will be sourced locally
  • 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.  

Additionally, a combination of native seeds will be planted within the project footprint to avoid erosion and ensure the restoration of native habitat.  The project’s vegetation management plan was established with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department coordination.   

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.  Anyone with questions, comments, or concerns is encouraged to contact our team through the “Contact us” box at the bottom of the page. You can also contact us at (855) 653-3007.

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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 throughout 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.

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 develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights' 2021 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognized on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,179 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2020, the group's revenue was DKK 52.6 billion (USD 8.1 billion).

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

 

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