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Texas A&M-Central Texas Announces Solar Energy Partnership


The president of Texas A&M-Central Texas has announced a $600 million solar energy partnership with a California-based solar energy company that could potentially provide thousands of jobs for Central Texas.

The Center for Solar Energy anticipates job creation and major economic development in Bell County as a result of the new partnership.

"With job creation, sky's the limit," Center for Solar Energy Executive Director Bruce Mercy said. "One technology partner could create probably a thousand jobs across the spectrum, so, for manufacturing, distribution, sales, at full deployment, that's about what they would be doing."

The project is being headed by PPA Partners, a leading solar energy company that created a similar deal with Arizona Western College in Yuma.

"In the Yuma corridor, they did a project that was 5 megawatts," Mercy said. "That's a tenth the size of this one.  They've had roughly $1.2 billion in economic development within that community since we've gone live with new development and technologies coming into the area looking at places to manufacture."

The new Center for Solar Energy is expecting to break ground within the next 6 months and will serve as a test site for leading-edge technologies in solar power.

When completed, the center will cover up to 800 acres in Bell County and house an advanced renewable power generation system that will power the Texas A&M-Central Texas campus.

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