We discussed what “community solar” means and who is doing it in Austin and other parts of Texas.
A community solar project—sometimes referred to as a solar garden or shared renewable energy plant—is a solar power plant whose electricity is shared by more than one household.
Our Guests were:
Tuan Pham is the president and founder of PowerFin Partners; a solar development and operating company with offices in Austin and San Antonio. They are implementing innovative community solar programs in both cities.
Joey Romano is the founder of Harvest Moon Solar (now Local Sun) which built a 1.5 MW solar farm completed in 2015 located on FM 3013 in Austin County, 50 miles west of Houston. The solar project covers 12 acres and produces enough electricity to power 300 homes in our community.
Leslie Libby is retired from Austin Energy and the founder of Libby Solar. She has been active in Solar Austin and an advocate for more Community solar in Austin.
Peter Muhoro is the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest electric distribution cooperative in the U.S. PEC is rolling out its new community and residential solar programs.
John Hoffner, Tuan Pham, Leslie Libby, Peter Muhoro, Reed Sternberg