Construction begins on largest solar farm in the U.S.

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Construction has begun on what will become the largest solar energy generation facility in the U.S.

Once it's fully operational, the Samson Solar Energy Center will generate 1,013 megawatts of renewable energy — making it considerably larger than the 690-megawatt Gemini solar project near Las Vegas.

The Samson solar farm is being developed by Invenergy, a Chicago-based developer of electricity generation and storage facilities. The company says in a press release that when complete, the solar farm will produce enough energy to power nearly 300,000 American homes.

The project will span 6,734 acres in Lamar, Red River and Franklin counties. It will be built in five phases, each of which will begin operating upon completion. The full project is scheduled to become operational in 2023.

Invenergy says it has already signed agreements with five major consumer brands and the Texas cities of Bryan, Denton and Garland to use the solar farm's energy.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of Samson Solar Energy Center
2. Project under construction in Lamar, Red River and Franklin counties
3. Project to be built in five phases
4. Companies and cities that have signed agreements to use the solar farm's energy
5. Main sources of energy in the U.S.
6. Comparison of solar and wind energy output between California and Texas

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Construction has begun on what will become the largest solar energy generation facility in the U.S."

"Once it's fully operational, the Samson Solar Energy Center will generate 1,013 megawatts of renewable energy — making it considerably larger than the 690-megawatt Gemini solar project near Las Vegas."

"The Samson solar farm is being developed by Invenergy, a Chicago-based developer of electricity generation and storage facilities. The company says in a press release that when complete, the solar farm will produce enough energy to power nearly 300,000 American homes."

"The project will span 6,734 acres in Lamar, Red River and Franklin counties. It will be built in five phases, each of which will begin operating upon completion. The full project is scheduled to become operational in 2023."

"Invenergy says it has already signed agreements with five major consumer brands and the Texas cities of Bryan, Denton and Garland to use the solar farm's energy."

"According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, solar power provided 2 percent of America's electricity in 2019. Wind power provided 8 percent, and hydro power 7 percent."

"Despite its vast size and large population, Texas ranked only fourth among U.S. states in production of solar energy, with a capacity of 3,115 megawatts. California was first at 20,632 megawatts."

"Texas did lead in production of wind energy, at 17,946 megawatts, compared to fourth-place California at 6,144 megawatts."

SOURCES: Earth911, Houston Chronicle, Samson Solar, Natural Resources Defense Council
https://earth911.com/eco-tech/largest-solar-project-in-us/
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Big-solar-plant-planned-for-NE-Texas-15739605.php
https://theparisnews.com/news/article_f244c5e0-2c45-11eb-98f6-f756e0e0fc74.html
https://samsonsolarenergycenter.com/
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/robert-harding/these-states-are-winning-clean-energy