LAMESA, Texas -
Solar energy is becoming more cost effective and affordable to build. It's easy to maintain and renewable energy's continues to be an appealing option especially on the plains. OCI Solar Power is extending Project Ivy installing 197,000 solar modules on the southeast part of town. It covers about 380 acres and will service 35,000 homes.
"It's a twenty five year plan that will be in operations," said Raymond Selves, field operations manager with RES. "Its good consistent renewable, clean energy, that we need."
After a successful first phase, Lamesa One, OCI Solar and RES Renewable Energy Systems Americas decided to expand their operations. This new renewable energy option is expected to bring new economic opportunities for the city of Lamesa.
"It brought in about a 100 people to construct the solar panels and that has been up and going for a while," said Sandra Adams, president of the Lamesa Chamber of Commerce "Now we are in phase two and we are excited about that bringing in another 100 people."
For small towns like Lamesa, big projects like this one also brings hope to its residents, phase two of this solar panel project will begin next month and is expected to finish by the end of this year.