Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Vesper Energy? What other solar projects has Vesper Energy developed?

Vesper Energy provides innovative solutions to today’s complex energy challenges. Headquartered in the greater Dallas area, Vesper Energy is comprised of professionals who have collectively delivered more than 10 GW of renewable energy projects globally. Today, we own and operate 100 MW of solar projects, and our pipeline includes over 55 renewable energy and energy storage projects with a generating capacity of 17 GW; enough to power more than 2 million homes. Working with their customers, communities, and business partners, Vesper Energy develops, owns, and operates renewable energy projects across the United States with the goal to build a better energy infrastructure. www.vesperenergy.com/about

Why is Vesper Energy developing Hornet Solar in Swisher County?

We pursue projects where we have earned the trust of landowners and here in Swisher County, our partners are excited to be a part of this project that will provide numerous benefits to their local community. The landowners who entrust us with their land believe it's the best choice for their property and their family. They believe it's their right to choose what to harvest on their land and they've chosen to harvest the sun.

What benefits will Hornet Solar provide for the local area?

This project will create a new, long-term source of funding for the community, including significant benefits for area schools. The project will create jobs in Swisher County during construction and operations and may hire a variety of vendors and local services. 

Hornet Solar will preserve farmland for future generations, making this project a great option for the community and landowners who wish to keep the farm in the family. 

This project will avoid consumption of water within the energy generation process, which not only supports the urgent need for water preservation in the region, and within the state, but also contributes to the long-term sustainability of Texas’ diverse and vital water systems.

By harnessing the energy of the sun, Hornet Solar will contribute additional energy to the Texas grid, especially during periods of high demand. To learn more about solar benefits, please visit our Benefits page

How many jobs are created for a project like Hornet Solar?

Hornet Solar is expected to create approximately 450 new jobs during construction. Once operational, the facility will also support approximately 4 long-term positions.

How do solar projects impact nearby property values?

Solar energy makes for a great neighbor. It is quiet, can be hidden, and does not produce a smell. But don’t take our word for it, see what experts in the industry are saying about solar and property values: Source - SEIA and Source - ACP.

Do solar panels work on cloudy days and at night?

Solar panels generate the most power in direct sunlight, but they can also produce power using indirect or diffuse sunlight – so they still work on cloudy days, and in fact, rain helps to keep solar panels operating efficiently by keeping them clean!

What happens when the project is decommissioned?

Hornet Solar leases include decommissioning requirements on leased land. Additionally, Hornet will create an overall decommissioning plan to ensure the removal of all equipment at the end of the project’s life. Once the equipment is removed, the land can be returned to its original condition.

How are solar panels disposed of?

The vast majority of solar panels installed in the U.S. are still within their operational lifespans (typically 20-30 years). As such, cost-effective opportunities to recycle solar panels are limited. However, this is an issue the solar industry is working proactively to address, and as more solar panels reach end-of-life in the coming years, opportunities to recover and recycle the materials in solar panels will expand. Details on panel recycling can be found in the United States Environmental Protection Agency website, at https://www.epa.gov/hw/solar-panel-recycling.

Will local first responders and firefighters need additional training?

It is unlikely that a serious event will happen at the site. However, a comprehensive emergency management plan will be created prior to construction. This will ensure safety personnel in the community are trained and able to respond appropriately.

Will the solar panels used at the Hornet Solar project leak hazardous materials?

No. Vesper Energy is committed to only using solar panels that meet or exceed environmental safety standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These standards ensure that during normal operations - as well as in the unlikely event a solar panel is damaged - the panels will not release any substances or materials that are considered hazardous under federal law.

Do solar panels work in the winter?

Yes! Solar panels work well in cold weather. Snow and ice are also generally not an issue – small amounts of snow are usually blown off by the wind, or snow may slide off on its own because the panels are tilted at an angle to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. Both help keep the modules clean throughout the winter season.

What will the project look like? Will there be visual screening for the benefit of the residents and property owners adjoining the project?

Bradford Solar will be designed to retain the natural character of the community. We will work with a landscape designer to develop and implement a plan for evergreen-type vegetative screening for any project areas viewable from residential structures. Landscape screening is proven to minimize or eliminate visual impact of solar equipment.
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