Georgetown, Texas goes green
Texas, for most, is one of the last states in the US that comes to mind when talking about going green or renewable energy.
In fact, it ranks as the 44th state in the country in terms of renewable energy usage according to a study by the Department of Energy.
One town in Texas as just made a major leap in the state’s, and even country’s, progress in switching to renewable energy by finishing their conversion to being powered 100% by renewable energy.
That city is Georgetown, Texas.
There are only a handful of other cities in the United States that rely on 100% renewable energy. Some of the others include:
- Greensburg, Kansas
- Aspen, Colorado
- Burlington, Vermont
In 2012, the city of Georgetown ended a contract with their long-term power provider and started to explore cheaper options for their city’s power. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar were a key aspect in their research and of high priority while they search for a new provider.
After a local Wal-Mart made the switch to 100% green power the city started to follow its lead. In 2015 they decided to finalize their plans and make the switch to power the entire city with renewable energy.
The city has a population of just under 60,000, but the move to clean energy has been a tremendous economical decision for both the city and its residents. Not only are utility prices lowered, but the move also caught the attention of people around the country and has helped increase millions of dollars in investments for the city.