The 436 kW arrays will be installed at various TPWD’s main headquarters in Austin and other state parks, fish hatcheries and other sites later this month.

The installation is expected to be complete by August 2011.

TPWD infrastructure division director Rich McMonagle said the installation is in line with TPWD’s sustainable conservation outlined in the 2010 land and water plan.

"GridPoint’s solar solution helps us to support conservation actions that mitigate anticipated climate change impacts to plants, fish and wildlife and encourage the development of renewable energy projects which do not adversely affect those communities." states McMonagle.

The updated plan outlines the agency’s goal of conserving the state’s natural and historic heritage and in providing public access to the outdoors.

TPWD also received a competitive federal stimulus grant for solar installations as part of the states distributed renewable energy technology program.

The PV systems will feature an intelligent monitoring solution to record and display the current and historical energy production.