BONHAM – Fannie County commissioners will soon consider a compensation zone and pilot agreement to facilitate a $ 100 million power storage facility near Savoy.
The commissioners met Tuesday with Austin Wallace, director of solar and storage at Belltown Power Texas, to discuss a proposed project that would provide at least a 300-megawatt battery. Willis said the project will connect to a 5-acre substation that is currently leased to a landowner between Sawai and Highway 82.
County Judge Randy Moore said the battery facility could help eliminate rolling blackouts, as was experienced during the deadly winter storm in February. Wallace said it would also meet the Texas Electric Trust Council’s need for additional storage facilities.
Referring to the February blackout, he said, “There is a strong desire to have standstone battery storage facilities at substations now.”
Substations around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that are considered strategically located are targeted as a resource.
Three hundred megawatts will meet the load of about one hour, but depending on the investors, Wallace said the project could increase to 600 megawatts an hour, while meeting the two-hour load. The batteries take an hour or two to recharge, which can be partially charged and discharged, Wallace said.
The storage facility will be 15 years old, and will use lithium-ion batteries, which are easy to recycle, Wallace said. Answering a question about how the heat generated will be controlled, Wallace said the facility will have a built-in HVAC system to keep the batteries cool. Once built, an operator will monitor and manage remote batteries. And, at the end of the contract, if the company no longer wants to use the battery, it will be cleared and the ground will be restored as close to its original condition as possible.
He said the guardian could not guarantee that if the power went out, the power would reach the locals directly, adding that nearby facilities would turn the tide in the county’s favor. Willis said the county would also benefit financially from having a $ 100 million project on the land, which is not currently generating maximum tax revenue.
Due to state law limiting how much the taxpayer can earn from the property tax year-over-year, Moore said a compensation zone and pilot agreement for the county would be more profitable than the property tax on the project. Can be forgiven
The commissioners are expected to consider the plan further in future meetings.
In other business, commissioners restored the county’s Coveid 19 disaster announcement to case numbers after Moore’s weekly update. As of Monday, Fennon County has 4,349 total cases since March 2020, including 80 active cases. That’s down from 119 active cases a week ago. Moore said five more residents died during the outbreak, bringing the death toll to 128.
The Foreign County Trauma Service is in Area E, which includes the DFW Metroplex, and the rate of hospital admissions to Covid 19 fell from 22.1 percent last week to 20.26 percent on Monday.
“So, we’re seeing the right things happen,” the county judge said.
Before extending the disaster announcement until September 28, the commissioners passed a pro-government resolution. The resolution banning Greg Abbott’s executive order on the vaccine mandate states that the Court of Commissioners “does not advocate vaccines or anti-vaccines, but advocates freedom for each individual’s own ability and responsibility.”
Moore was involved in signing the resolution, with the exception of Commissioner Dan Lucky. Lucky was absent from the meeting.
Also on Tuesday, the commissioners continued to discuss the distribution of دعوی 122,009.21 in unclaimed property capital credits, which should be used for economic growth, small or backward business development, business location or business activities. Therefore, county advertising programs that benefit county residents or support a child advocacy center. Moore previously said the county typically receives between $ 1,500 and 2,000 in credit.
The commissioners sought advice on how to spend the funds, and the proposals include the purchase of Lake Fenon. Funding the Honey Grove Library or all of the county libraries, the Bonham Chamber of Commerce, the Fenn County Children’s Center, the Fenn County Child Welfare Board or the Creative Arts Center. Or install a park bench in Fanon County Courthouse.
The commissioners submitted the item by next week.