City of Bowie to consider solar power to supplement bulk power

By BARBARA GREEN

In an effort to save money on bulk power transmission fees, the Bowie City Council voted Tuesday to advertise a request for proposals for two options that center on solar power.

Steve Moffitt, Schneider Engineer, presented the proposal to the council. He explained in 2015 the city was able to get an amendment to its bulk power contract with Bryan Texas Utilities, allowing the city to develop up to one megawatt capacity in distributed generation. Bowie purchases about 10 MW per year in bulk power from BTU through a 30-year contract.

Moffitt explained distributed generation refers to electric energy generation resources installed at the distribution system voltage. It may include technologies such as microturbines, solar, fuel cells and small wind power systems.

“There are a lot of different technologies, but the most common are wind and solar. The solar is an on-peak resource, which is not always true of wind. We feel a solar site would offer the most for Bowie,” said Moffitt.

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