Austin Energy, hoping to add significantly more solar power over the next decade but leery of relying primarily on rooftops, is looking west.

The city-owned electric company could build up to three large solar arrays on West Texas land it owns or has under contract, thereby increasing its supply of solar power about eightfold, according to a recent report on the utility’s solar plans.

The report came at the request of the City Council, which wanted to see how solar could fit into a larger plan for starting to wean Austin off of coal power during the next decade and toward sources that do not contribute to global climate change.

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