Due to problems experienced in getting anyone to agree to buy all the energy that would be produced, according to Orlando Puig, the second phase of the Lamesa Solar project will be cut in half so that project can proceed.
    Puig is project manager with BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, LLC, which has been the project developer.
    On Tuesday, Puig requested that the Dawson County Commissioners Court amend its existing tax abatement agreement to reflect the decrease in the development of the second phase of the project from 100 megawatts to 50 megawatts.
    Originally planned to be developed as a 200 megawatts solar energy farm, Puig told the Commissioners Court in August of 2015 that those plans had to be modified and the project was split into two phases of 100 megawatts for each phase. At that time, the tax abatement agreement also was amended for two phases of 100 megawatts in each phase.
    Lenders for the second phase of the project have objected to the language in the existing tax abatement agreement being too specific for a 100 megawatts project, Puig explained, since only one-half – 50 megawatts – of the second phase has been approved for development.
    Following a lengthy discussion of the project in general during an approximately 20-minute public hearing, the Commissioners Court unanimously agreed to amend the tax abatement agreement as requested.


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