Increase of Renewable Energy Could Result in Lower Electric Bill

3 years 3 months 1 week ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 March 18, 2019 5:45 PM March 18, 2019 in News - Local

MCALLEN – An increase of renewable energy in the Rio Grande Valley could result in a lower electricity bill for some residents.

As more solar farms open across the Valley, the chances of lower bills and fewer blackouts rises.

Kelly Pemelton is a Magic Valley Electric Cooperative customer.

Pemelton says she has seen the impact of energy sources such as solar and wind farms in the Valley.

She says she has also seen a difference in her energy bill and the amount of blackouts in the summer throughout the years.

Through a power purchase agreement with the McAllen Ranch, Magic Valley Electric Cooperative is looking to keep the amount of blackouts in the summer low.

They say they’re looking to keep the amount of energy available up through a new solar farm at the ranch.

The solar farm will include a 960-kilowatt solar array with tracking capabilities. 

The Technical Service Division Manager for Magic Valley, Phillip Amaya, says bills are usually highest in the summer months. 

Since the company is directly linked to the new solar farm, Amaya says customers will see a price drop in their bills.

"It lowers the demand of for our system to have to put out that energy," says Amaya. 

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