Rio Lago Solar
Blazing a trail for energy solutions in Texas
As a leading renewable energy company focused on project development and strategic financing of utility-scale solar and storage sites, Pine Gate Renewables is bringing energy solutions to Texas by expanding access to renewable energy and supporting Texas’ future as a leading energy producer.
Rio Lago Solar
Pioneering Clean Energy for Texas
Located just outside the great city of Bandera, Texas, Rio Lago Solar is a 120-megawatt solar project that will provide emissions free energy to the Texas grid, while preserving the natural Texas-beauty and ecosystem in Bandera County.
Preserving Texas Beauty with Low Visual Impact
Rio Lago Solar will blend in with the natural surroundings with a 50-foot minimum setback from property lines and a wildlife fence and a vegetative buffer enclosing the project.
The solar project will have low visibility from major roads and from the city of Bandera itself, not distracting from the beauty and historical feel of Bandera.
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Once operational, the solar project will emit virtually no noise. From 10 yards away, the sound of the equipment on site is comparable to a typical conversation volume. At a distance of 500 feet, the noise produced is inaudible.
Delivering Local Economic Impact
Rio Lago Solar will deliver an estimated $150 million in investment in Bandera County through new taxes and landowner payments over the life of the project, plus economic opportunities, and a boost for local businesses.
Approximately 200 jobs created during construction, with a focus on local hiring
Economic opportunities and a boost for local businesses
Increased activity at local hotels and restaurants
Business opportunities for local heavy machinery and rental companies
Pine Gate Renewables will establish an employee-directed fund to support local giving efforts and community interest programs in Bandera County
Protecting Texas Land and Wildlife
With the Rio Lago Solar Project, Pine Gate Renewables is committed to preserving Texas’ beauty and protecting Texas land and wildlife.
- Through its SolarCulture™ initiative, Pine Gate Renewables will protect and preserve the land on which the Rio Lago Solar Project will exist to help native plants and animals thrive.
- During the life of the Rio Lago Solar Project, the underlying land will be undisturbed by humans, pesticides, and other damaging factors to biodiversity.
- We work with landowners and local groups to preserve and protect the land where we site our projects, while maintaining the natural look and feel of area.
Committed to Safety and Longevity
Committed to safety and longevity through a strategic partnership with Blue Ridge Power, we provide expertise in solar engineering, procurement, and construction, we understand complicated projects and are highly focused on quality control, safety, and efficiency.
- With 4,900MW of projects completed, Blue Ridge understands complicated projects and is highly focused on quality control, safety, and craftsmanship.
- Blue Ridge Power works directly in the community and can address localized issues and concerns, and act quickly to coordinate changes along the way.
- The equipment that is installed in our solar project is rigorously tested and our panels are built to last with a 40+ year lifespan
- No harmful emissions or odors are released in creating electricity
- Multiple safety precautions and procedures are in place to avoid sparks or electrical issues
- A decommission plan is in place to safely remove all materials at the end of the project
Work With Us
Pine Gate Renewables is dedicated to engaging with the communities we are a part of, listening to community feedback, understanding the concerns and values of our neighbors, and making changes when we can. In Bandera, we are committed to being a good neighbor for the long term and we want to hear from you!
Send us your questions and we will work diligently to answer your inquiry in a timely manner.
Work With Us! Pine Gate Renewables also strives to work with local business and organizations whenever possible during the development, construction, and lifespan of our projects. From equipment rental and service, to lodging and hospitality, or IT and other technology needs, if you own or manage a business and are interested in partnering with Pine Gate Renewables on the Rio Lago Solar Project, please include your company name and information about your services on the contact form and we will be in touch.
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Pine Gate Renewables: Getting Solar Done
Pine Gate Renewables is a US-based leading renewable energy company focused on project development and strategic financing of utility-scale solar and storage sites. Pine Gate currently operates 907MW of renewable energy in five states and has more than 12GW in active development. It has built more than 5GW of projects across the country and has 700MW currently under construction.
In Texas, Pine Gate is blazing a trail for energy solutions by expanding access to renewable energy and supporting Texas’ future as a leading energy producer. With $1 billion in capital investment planned for numerous projects that will generate 1.2 GW of clean energy, Pine Gate Renewables is proud to be a part of the clean energy economy in Texas, bringing jobs, local and regional construction contracts, and low-cost clean power to communities across the state.