Denton is about to become the biggest U.S. city to run on renewable energy. The city council approved the new plan to install enough solar and wind sources to power everything by 2020. It joins Georgetown as the second city in Texas to make the commitment to sustainable energy.
With a population of over 130,000 people, Denton will become the biggest city in America that can fully run on renewable power. The city owns their own utility company, Denton Municipal Electric, which made it easier to approve the conversion. While households and businesses won’t directly get the greener power, they’ll generate enough renewable energy to offset their consumption rate.
Denton will be adding up to 300 megawatts of solar and wind capacity over the next two years. Some of their current power comes from the Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant that’s owned by three other cities in the area. While attempting to sell the old plant, it’s no longer in full-time operation as of last September.