You hear a lot about west Texas wind farms, but did you know San Antonio has a big solar farm? It is on the south side, right near I-37 and Loop 410. You can see the big, rotating tracker panel from I-37. And if you live in the area, there is a good chance you are receiving energy from the farm.
We were fortunate enough to get a tour of the Blue Wing Solar Farm this week from Albert Cantu of CPS Energy. It is impressive in person – rows and rows of solar panels. There are 214,500 solar panels, to be precise.
The farm produces enough energy to power 1,800 homes. That is just the start, though. CPS Energy is in talks with other solar companies to build similar farms here in San Antonio. Once/if that happens, we are talking about enough energy to power tens of thousands of homes.
Even better, the Blue Wing Solar Farm alone eliminates 18,000 tons of emissions that would otherwise be created by producing that energy at a coal plant, for instance. That is the equivalent of taking 3,800 cars off the road. As solar energy and solar air conditioning systems become more popular, this mission will gain more attention here in south Texas.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.