Texas may not be known for its progressive stance on renewable energy — the state was practically built on oil, after all. However, that reputation is quickly being built by one small town north of Austin.
In 2014 Georgetown, Texas, began making plans to obtain 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources, namely solar and wind. Using bids contracted with NRG Energy Inc. and EDF Renewable Energy, all of the city’s energy now comes from large solar and wind farms located in West Texas and Amarillo.
In July 2018, when Georgetown began receiving energy from Buckthorn Solar Plant in Fort Stockton, it became one of the largest cities in the country to go 100 percent renewable. Here’s how it all works — and how other cities can follow Georgetown’s example.