Wharton County Commissioners Court will meet in closed session Monday to deliberate an application from a renewable energy development company for possible approval of a tax abatement agreement.

Hecate Energy, LLC, submitted a Chapter 312 agreement application to the court in April requesting it create a reinvestment zone for a proposed solar farm located within Louise ISD.

Hecate is requesting a tax abatement agreement with a 70 percent abatement for 10 years. Hecate’s proposed Ramsey Project would be a 500-megawatt solar power electric generating facility involving 1.7 million panels and 200, 2.5 megawatt-inverters on over 4,000 acres.

Estimated capital improvement cost for the project is expected to be approximately $500,000.

The LISD board of trustees recently accepted Hecate’s Chapter 313 application for a property tax agreement. The application is under review by the State Comptroller’s Office.

Hecate is requesting an abatement for all materials and equipment installed. Construction is expected to begin later this year, employing 300 temporary construction workers, and be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020. Once completed, the project’s shelf life is estimated at 30 years. Hecate has committed to create three new permanent jobs.

Hecate is not the sole solar applicant with the court. AP Solar is also requesting a tax abatement agreement. Its project would be located within Wharton ISD, with the majority leased at Pierce Ranch, with one tract located in El Campo.

Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 13 in the Courthouse Annex, 309 E. Milam in Wharton. Time is alloted for public comments.

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