San Antonio Snares $3.7 Million in Solar Grants
San Antonio Mayor JuliĂˇn Castro has announced that the city has received $3.7 million in federal stimulus funds for solar panels at three locations. The solar panels will be located on buildings at the University of Texas at San Antonio and St. Philipâ€™s College, as well as the cityâ€™s Mission Verde Center at Cooper.
The three sites are expected to generate 600 kilowatts, nearly tripling the cityâ€™s large-scale solar-generation capacity. Currently, the cityâ€™s only large-scale solar-energy sources are the Pearl Brewery and a solar landfill cover at Republic Services Inc., a waste-management company.
Castro hailed the grants, saying they will enable the city to make a â€śbig step forward for sustainability.â€ť
The grants were awarded through the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, with UTSA, St. Philipâ€™s, and the city each filing separate grant applications.