The order, issued late last month, clears the way for the project to generate electricity as a small power producer and sell renewable-energy credits for the solar power generated.
The project, which started producing power December 29, is expected to generate 330,000 kilowatt-hours of usable electricity per year. The project cost the developer, Narenco, about $1.25 million to build. The airport spent $600,000 for roof repairs and $49,000 for design costs.
Another regional renewable project also advanced through the regulatory process late last month. The 5.4-megawatt electric plant fueled by landfill gas at Gaston Countys landfill in Dallas, received clearance from the Public Staff of the Utilities Commission.
Before a renewable-energy plant can be registered, the staff must certify that the owner has filed all the information required for a complete application. The staff certified Gaston Countys application December 20. The commission has not yet acted on the application.