115-acre solar farm set to power 10 percent of Sherman homes in 2019

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A large solar farm in Sherman is about to come online, expected to provide energy to more than 1,000 households in the city.

Sherman's first solar farm opens in the coming months, it'll power 10 percent of all the homes in the area.

Two years ago, developers from Cypress Creek Renewables approached the city of Sherman with an idea: Transform 115 acres of the city into a plant harnessing power from the sun.

"The solar farm has really been going crazy, to now they're over 90 percent complete," said city spokesperson Nate Strauch.

It's located on West Moore Street near Center Street in Sherman.

About a year since construction began, crews are now laying down the final solar panels.

The International Energy Agency says by 2050, 27 percent of the nation's electricity could come from solar power.

Locals who live nearby say this project is a sign of the times.

"It's modernization," said local Juanita Shaw. "Like I said before, you don't stand still. You're either going up or you're going down."

Shaw said she's impressed to see a focus on renewable energy in Sherman.

One of the company's project developers told us he grew up in Sherman and wanted to bring solar energy to his hometown.

"For a place this size doing what they're doing, it speaks well of them," Shaw said.

Strauch said when the farm turns on, it will power about 1500 households.

The solar farm along with the Panda Energy Plant will power most of Sherman.

"To have that right here in Sherman, clean power with natural gas, gives Sherman a diverse energy portfolio," Strauch said.

He said it's also a safety net in case Texas experiences power blackouts.

"The biggest difference is reliability toward power generation in the city," he said.

We're told the project could be complete as soon as January.