$8 Million solar farm project not yet green-lighted in Bruceville-Eddy

The city of Bruceville-Eddy has not yet green-lighted the construction of a solar farm, in a field adjacent to Anna Hobbs lane.

In an interview with Channel 6 on June 1, Jeff McKay, a spokesperson for Cypress Creek Renewables, the developer behind the solar farm, said that construction would begin within the next two to three weeks.

However, the company has since retracted that statement, and apologized for the misinformation.  Instead, McKay said construction was set to begin on a separate project in Marlin within the next two to three weeks not in Bruceville-Eddy.

As for the Bruceville-Eddy project, McKay said the company was still working closely with the city, and the people who live in the immediate area where construction would take place, but have not yet received approval from either the city or McLennan County. 

McKay said the company had a meeting with the city on Tuesday to further discuss the future of the project.

The Bruceville-Eddy project was expected to cost roughly $8 million, said McKay.  It will house 15,000-20,000 solar panels, and it will be built in a corn field adjacent to Anna Hobbs Lane in Eddy, said McKay.

"I understand that it's not going to employ anybody except for one employee, so I don't see how it's going to benefit the city of Bruceville-Eddy or the citizens in Bruceville-Eddy in any way personally," Bruceville-Eddy Mayor Conally Bass said. "That's my opinion of it."

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