Cattlemen Solar Park is a proposed 240 MW solar project located in the northeast corner of Milam County, Texas, approximately 70 miles northeast of Austin. Cattlemen II Solar Park is a proposed 150 MW solar project located approximately one half mile from the original Cattlemen I Solar Park site. The project areas would be located west of Baileyville, along FM 2027, and consist primarily of pastureland. The projects would be sited entirely on private land that would be leased from landowners who recognize the benefits of hosting a solar project. Lease payments would serve as a stable, weather-resistant cash crop that complements the area’s agricultural economy. Cattlemen Solar could commence construction in 2022, which would enable full operations to be achieved in 2023. Cattlemen Solar II could commence construction in 2023, which would enable full operations to be achieved in 2024.
Cattlemen Solar Park and Cattlemen II Solar Park would have installed capacities of 240 megawatts (MW) and 150 megawatts (MW). Cattlemen I and Cattlemen II Solar Park's generation would be equivalent to the consumption of more than 37,000 and 23,000 Texas homes.
Cattlemen Solar Park and Cattlemen II Solar Park would yield significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Cattlemen I and Cattlemen II would represent capital investments of approximately $280 million and $220 million. These investments would disperse millions in cumulative payments to local governments through the life of the projects. An estimated $55 million and $41 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.
Cattlemen and Cattlemen II would save more than 304 million and 190 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.
Cattlemen Solar Park would provide a stable form of income to local landowners. Millions of dollars would be paid to the Cattlemen I and II landowners through the life of the projects.
Cattlemen I and Cattlemen II Solar Parks would contribute to Texas' energy security and help diversify energy supply.
Cattlemen Solar Park and Cattlemen II Solar Park are currently exploring using single-axis tracking PV panels. The approximately size of Cattlemen I Solar Park is 2,600 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.