The border solar showcase developed in the city of San Benito, Texas, was selected as the Texas renewable energy project of the year.
The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA) in Austin on November 12. The Texas General Land Office worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and San Benito city officials to install the 45 kW project, the largest solar-powered project on the Texas-Mexico border, at the city’s new water treatment facility.
The $325,000 solar array will provide about 10 percent of the total power needed to filter up to 6 million gallons of water daily.
The North American Development Bank (NAD), which finances water and wastewater projects in the border region of the United States and Mexico, will track the project to determine if similar sustainable energy systems will work in other border communities.
The NAD Bank also was recognized for its part in the project, as was Worldwater & Solar Technologies Corporation.
The EPA chose the Land Office’s Renewable Energy Program for the grant because of its expertise in renewable energy issues and long experience with border energy issues.