New solar farm to be built near Highway 259, 155 intersection in Upshur County

Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 12:29 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 5:54 PM CST
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UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - The Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative will soon be adding power to the grid with the East Texas sun. They have announced they are partnering with a national solar energy company to build a solar farm near the intersection of Highways 155 and 259 in Upshur County. And it’s not a huge amount of solar electricity, but it’s a first step.

Upshur Rural Spokesman Tony McCullough says the solar farm that will be built in Upshur County is one of the first in the East Texas Area.

“It produces three megawatts, which isn’t large. It’s a first and it’s going to be an educational thing,” McCullough said.

McCullough says Upshur Rural doesn’t produce power, it purchases it.

“We already buy power from solar, and from hydro and some from wind and other traditional generation. But this is going to be our first that we’re actually bringing in solar power that’s produced right here in East Texas,” McCullough said.

Plans supplied by McCullough show solar panels will take up about 28 acres.

“We own the land. Hecate will bring in and build the solar equipment that they’ll own, and then they’ll produce power. And of course, we have the partnership, and we buy the power from them,” McCullough said.

According to the Hecate Energy website there are eight solar farms coming to the East Texas area.

“Everyone wants to reduce the carbon footprint. And everyone wants to take care of their customers. We want to take care of our members, and so that’s why we partnered with Hecate. They come in and, even though we purchase the land, members did not have to pay for all the equipment,” McCullough said.

He says Upshur Rural is exploring other options for the future as well.

“We want reliable energy, and we want affordable energy, and so this is a good start for it,” McCullough said.

McCullough says the solar farm should be built and ready to produce power by February of 2022, just over a month from now. Some of the other coming locations include Bullard, Crockett and Timpson.

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