Mockingbird Solar Center

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Located in Lamar County, Texas, the approximately 400 MWAC Mockingbird Solar Center will have the capability to power over 80,000 homes over the course of a year and help meet the energy needs of Texas during peak demand periods by providing reliable and flexible solarpowered electricity. Ørsted, a leading developer of wind and solar projects across the United States and globally, will construct, own and operate the Mockingbird Solar Center.

The project is a long-term asset for Ørsted and the Lamar County community. The solar center will inject new revenue into the tax base which will promote local economic development in Lamar County, and provide long-term financial support for North Lamar and Chisum Independent School Districts.

You can show your support for solar energy in Lamar County by adding your name to our community letter.

Sign a Letter of Support

 

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Energy investment in Lamar County

Energy investment in Lamar County


The Mockingbird Solar Center will provide a significant economic boost to the local community in Lamar County over the life of the project. The project will create a new stream of stable tax revenue for the North Lamar & Chisum Independent School Districts and other taxing entities. The project will hire at least 200 jobs during construction and will require ongoing support for operations and maintenance.

Name:

Mockingbird Solar Center

Location:

Lamar County, Texas

Capacity:

400 megawatt (MWAC

Technology:

Monocrystalline photovoltaic panels
from Tier 1 suppliers

Owner & Developer:              

Ørsted Onshore North America 

Interconnection via:

Oncor Electric Delivery Company

Operations:

Estimated 2023
Mockingbird map

Stewardship of the Land


Ørsted is dedicated to being a good steward of the land and developing, constructing, and operating a safe and reliable solar energy system. During construction and throughout project operations, Ørsted prioritizes best in class site management, safety, and security.

Ørsted understands the importance of native grasslands to Lamar County to promote habitat conservation and in keeping with the County's agricultural heritage. With extensive experience in a variety of regions, landowners can be confident our projects will be designed carefully to ensure the protection of roads, minimize impacts on neighbors, and preserve the integrity of the soil and land.

Utility-scale solar facilities are a highly-productive low-impact use of the property that contribute to the region's economic development. We are proud to work with landowners across Texas who host our projects, including the Buster Family in Lamar County.


Five generations of the Buster Family have lived and worked in and around Lamar County since the early 1900's. We are excited about the benefits that (the project) will bring to the county, local schools, and local businesses


– Mark Buster and Family, Lamar County Texas

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Benefits of partnering with Ørsted

Examples:
  • Procurement of solar panels from Tier 1 manufacturers that adhere to the highest quality standards
  • Local procurement of materials and local hiring, when possible
  • Highest Safety and Construction standards
  • Regular deployment of Operation & Maintenance staff to ensure site safety and peak performance
  • 24/7 system monitoring to track performance and proactively detect any issues

As a long-term operator of solar and wind projects, Ørsted is committed to the highest quality standards of project construction and safety. These standards start with the first steps of development and lasts until the project is decommissioned.

 

Good Neighbors

Throughout the construction and operations of the Mockingbird Solar Center, Ørsted will hold regular meetings with County officials to discuss any concerns that may arise. Company representatives are also available to meet directly with nearby neighbors to address their concerns.

We are grateful for our supporters in Lamar County, including the Paris Economic Development Corporation Board, which passed a Resolution in support of the project on September 15, 2020.

View the resolution

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Why Solar

A utility-scale solar energy project can help transform local economies, which enhances the quality of life and opportunities in a community. With millions of dollars in new tax revenue (or directed payments in lieu of taxes) communities can build new school facilities, enhance roads and bridges, and expand emergency services – all without increasing local taxes on property. Solar delivers affordable clean energy via predictable contracts that do not fluctuate over time. The cost of installing a ground-mounted, utility-scale solar project has declined by 70% over the last ten years. These declines, combined with an unlimited and abundant free fuel source, make solar financially competitive with conventional power plants. Utilities and large companies across the country are taking advantage of this to procure a long-term, fixed-price supply of electricity.

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About Ørsted


Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights' 2021 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognized on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,179 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2020, the group's revenue was DKK 52.6 billion (USD 8.1 billion).

For more information, visit Orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

 

The leaders of Lamar County will be responsible for making decisions about the future of energy in this area. You can register your support for renewable energy, and the long-term economic benefits it brings to your community, by signing a letter of support for the project.

We are submitting letters to Lamar County and the North Lamar & Chisum ISD Board of Trustees to request they support the project by offering an incentive to build the Mockingbird Solar Center. This incentive will help us build the project within the boundaries of North Lamar & Chisum ISD and not elsewhere in the region.

I am a Lamar County Resident and I support the Mockingbird Solar Center.