Azalea Springs Solar Park is a proposed 180 MW utility-scale solar park located in the northwest corner of Angelina County, Texas, about 10 miles northwest of Lufkin and 17 miles southwest of Nacogdoches. The solar park would be sited on land primarily used as a timber site and would provide an economic benefit to the surrounding community. Azalea Springs Solar Park could commence construction as early as 2022, which would enable full operations to be achieved in 2023.
Azalea Springs Solar Park would have an installed capacity of 180 megawatts (MW). Azalea Springs Solar Park’s generation would be equivalent to the consumption of more than 27,000 Texas homes.
Azalea Springs Solar Park would yield significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Azalea Springs would represent a capital investment of approximately $200 million and would disperse millions in cumulative payments to local governments through the life of the project. An estimated $36 million in taxes would be paid to support local schools and community services. Hundreds of construction jobs would be created as well as multiple permanent jobs.
Azalea Springs would save more than 228 million gallons of water each year and prevent the air pollution that causes smog, acid rain, and climate change. Solar energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
Azalea Springs Solar Park would provide a stable form of income to local landowners. Millions of dollars would be paid to the solar park’s landowners through the life of the project.
Azalea Springs Solar Park would contribute to Texas' energy security and help diversify energy supply.
Azalea Springs Solar Park is currently exploring using single-axis tracking PV panels, across approximately 2,000 acres. Photovoltaic solar cells have no moving parts and convert sunlight directly into electricity via the photoelectric effect. This direct-current electricity is then collected, transformed into alternating-current, and finally enters the electrical grid through a substation after being converted to the proper voltage.