Wherever you go in rural Texas today, you are likely to run across a new wind farm or solar farm being constructed.

And why wouldn’t they be?

Taxpayers and consumers are currently paying more than $2 billion annually to renewable energy companies operating in Texas. And with the threat that eligibility for the biggest renewable subsidy, the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), might expire at the end of the year, there is a mad rush by renewable companies—many of which are multibillion-dollar, multinational conglomerates—to take even more of our money from us through the largess of our local, state, and federal governments.

The cost of these renewable energy projects, though, is not just measured in dollars.

The reliability of the Texas electricity grid is being strained by both wind and solar farms that cannot guarantee electricity when Texans most need it, and then (as the case with wind) drive down prices at night by dumping electricity onto the market when we don’t need it. The result is a lack of new investment in natural gas or coal-fired plants that can provide reliable and affordable energy when we need it—usually between 4-7 p.m. on hot summer afternoons.

Additionally, these plants are scarring rural Texas and creating a cleanup problem beyond what any of us can currently imagine one they can no longer generate electricity.

Below is a list of companies seeking local tax abatements from counties, school districts, hospital districts, etc. across the state. A total of 34 projects in 27 counties want taxpayers to subsidize their businesses so they can make more profits. And with each of these projects likely to produce fewer than ten permanent jobs each, there isn’t anything in it for county residents.

Here is the list:

Cooke County

Two new renewable energy generators, BT Cooke Solar, LLC and Wildcat Creek Wind are seeking subsidies from:

  • Cooke County – considering a $56,500 annual tax incentive for BT Cooke Solar, LLC and an unspecified amount for Wildcat Creek Wind
  • Era ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million for BT Cooke Solar, LLC
  • Muenster ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project for Wildcat Creek Wind

Ector County

Two new solar farms, Rockhound Solar A and Rockhound Solar B, are seeking subsidies from:

  • Ector County – considering a $559,600 annual tax incentive for Rockhound Solar A and $337,600 for Rockhound Solar B
  • Ector County ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $100 million for both
  • Ector County Hospital District – considering a $185,600 annual tax incentive for Rockhound Solar A and $95,800 for Rockhound Solar B
  • Odessa College – considering a $104,800 annual tax incentive for Rockhound Solar A and $170,500 for Rockhound Solar B

Knox County

A new wind farm, Griffin Trail Wind, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Knox County – considering a $6,629,208 annual tax incentive
  • Benjamin ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million
  • Seymour ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $30 million
  • Knox County Hospital District – considering a $3,575,058 annual tax incentive

Wharton County

A new solar farm, Hecate Energy Ramsey, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Wharton County – considering a $627,340 annual tax incentive
  • Louise ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million

Bailey County

A new solar farm, Willing Solar Energy, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Bailey County – considering an $843,693 annual tax incentive
  • Muleshoe ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million
  • Knox County Hospital District – considering a $421,846 annual tax incentive

Cameron County

A new wind farm, Monte Alto Windpower, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Cameron County – considering a $187,645 annual tax incentive
  • Santa Rosa ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $15 million

Coke County

Two new renewable energy generators, BNB Tennyson Solar, LLC, and Grape Creek Wind, LLC, are seeking subsidies from:

  • Coke County – considering a $278,971 annual tax incentive for BNB Tennyson Solar and $2,007,044 for Grape Creek Wind
  • Bronte ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million for both
  • Robert Lee ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $25 million for both
  • Water Valley ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of Grape Creek Wind by $20 million

Fannin County

A new solar farm, B.T. Coniglio Solar, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Fannin County – considering a $259,700 annual tax incentive
  • Bonham ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million

Hardeman County

A new wind farm, Blue Summit III Wind, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Hardeman County – considering a $203,000 annual tax incentive
  • Chillicothe ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million

Hidalgo County

Two new wind farms, La Joya Windpower, LLC, and Monte Alto Windpower, LLC, are seeking subsidies from:

  • Hidalgo County – considering an $858,816 annual tax incentive for La Joya Windpower and $561,652 for Monte Alto Windpower
  • La Joya ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $25 million for La Joya Windpower
  • La Villa ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million for Monte Alto Windpower
  • South Texas College – considering a $77,700 annual tax incentive for La Joya Windpower

Hill County

A new solar farm, Sun Valley Solar, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Hill County – considering a $395,647.20 annual tax incentive
  • Abbott ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million

Jackson County

A new solar farm, Ganado Solar, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Jackson County – considering a $224,933 annual tax incentive
  • Ganado ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $30 million
  • Jackson County Hospital District – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $30 million

Kaufman County

A new solar farm, Lily Solar, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

Kenedy County

A new wind farm, Texas Gulf Wind 2, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

Kinney County

A new solar farm, Zier Solar, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Kinney County – considering a $787,889 annual tax incentive
  • Brackett ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $10 million
  • Kinney County Groundwater Conservation District – considering a $7,320 annual tax incentive
  • Kinney County Road and Bridge – considering a $32,627 annual tax incentive

Lamar County

Two new solar farms, Samson Solar Energy II, LLC, and Samson Solar Energy III, LLC, are seeking subsidies from:

  • Lamar County – considering a $304,554 annual tax incentive for Samson Solar Energy II and an additional $304,554 for Samson Solar Energy III
  • Prairiland ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million for both

Limestone County

A new wind farm, Prairie Hill Wind Project, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Limestone County – considering a $1,841,400 annual tax incentive
  • Mart ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $15 million
  • South Limestone County Hospital District – considering a $743,800 annual incentive

Nolan County

A new wind farm, Maryneal Windpower, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Nolan County – considering a $581,408 annual tax incentive
  • Highland ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $30 million
  • Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital District – considering a $498,398 annual tax incentive

Parmer County

A new wind farm, Lazbuddie Wind Energy, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Parmer County – considering a $193,000 annual tax incentive
  • Lazbuddie ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million

Pecos County

Two new solar farms, EnergieKontor US Texas SP 1, LLC, and Taygete Energy Project II, LLC, are seeking subsidies from:

  • Pecos County – considering a $539,765 annual tax incentive for EnergieKontor US Texas SP 1 and $914,058 for Taygete Energy Project II
  • Fort Stockton ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $30 million for both

Runnels County

A new wind farm, 23IRC8me, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Runnels County – considering a $265,274.40 annual tax incentive
  • Bronte ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million
  • Runnels County Hospital District – considering a $164,287.20 annual tax incentive

Sterling County

A new solar farm, BlueBell Solar II, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

 Terry County

A new solar farm, Algodon Solar Energy, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Terry County – considering a $324,000 annual tax incentive
  • Wellman-Union ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $20 million

 Upton County

Two new solar farms, Morada del Sol, LLC, and 34TA 8me, LLC, are seeking subsidies from:

  • Upton County – considering a $4,114,496 annual tax incentive for Morada del Sol and $280,000 for 34TA 8me
  • McCamey ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $25 million for Morada del Sol
  • Rankin ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $25 million for 34TA 8me
  • Upton Emergency Services District #2 – considering a $8,194,562 annual tax incentive for Morada del Sol
  • Rankin Hospital District – considering a $188,000 annual tax incentive for 34TA 8me
  • Upton Water District – considering a $2,400 annual tax incentive for 34TA 8me

Wichita County

A new solar farm, Bacon Switch Solar, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Wichita County – considering a $96,647 annual tax incentive
  • Burkburnett ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $30 million

Willacy County

A new wind farm, El Sauz Ranch Wind, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Willacy County – considering a $1,361,088 annual tax incentive
  • San Perlita ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $15 million

Zapata County

A new wind farm, Las Lomas Wind Energy, LLC, is seeking subsidies from:

  • Zapata County – considering a $920,400 annual tax incentive
  • Zapata County ISD – considering limiting the taxable value of the project by $25 million