Posted on January 11, 2023

El Paso Electric Files to Expand Popular Texas Community Solar Program

Expansion includes a discounted income-qualified solar

EL PASO, Texas On December 1, 2022, El Paso Electric (EPE) filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to expand its Texas Community Solar Program by building a 10-megawatt (MW) solar facility in San Elizario, Texas. This new solar facility will add to EPE’s existing, fully subscribed, Texas Community Solar Program and offer a discounted rate for customers who qualify. If approved, the 10 MW expansion will bring the program’s total capacity to 15 MW of community solar energy.

Since May 2017, the program has been EPE's first voluntary green energy option for about 2,200 Texas customers. This project will mark the third expansion of EPE's Community Solar program and will include the first income-qualified discounted solar rate. The solar facility is expected to begin generating solar power in 2024 and will power approximately an additional 5,000 homes or small businesses.

“EPE is thrilled to expand our current community solar program, and this is only the beginning of following through on our commitment to reaching our carbon reduction goals,” says Jessica Christianson, Vice President of Sustainability and Energy Solutions. “This program gives customers the option of receiving their energy from a local, cleaner, greener source without having to set up their own rooftop solar and battery systems.”

Texas customers can learn more or sign up for the Texas Community Solar program waitlist here. Availability is based on first-come-first-served.

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