Ørsted Adding 460MW Solar and Storage in Texas

Already the dominant developer in the US wind industry, both onshore and off, Ørsted has commenced construction of their first utility-scale solar and battery storage project. Permian Energy Center adds 460MWac capacity in Andrews County in Texas and will begin producing in 2021.

Having already secured contracts for US offshore wind earlier this year, and following the purchase of Lincoln Clean Energy, Danish flagship company Ørsted’s Permian Energy Center will open in 2021. The project will make Ørsted the first developer to operate a US portfolio with the full complement of renewable energy: Onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, and storage.

The 3,600-acre center will consist of 420MWac of solar PV and 40MWac of battery storage.

Declan Flanagan, CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy, Ørsted’s US onshore developer, commented:

“We’re delighted to be adding this substantial solar plus storage capability to our portfolio. The Permian Energy Center is a landmark project that demonstrates Ørsted’s ability to deliver clean and competitive energy solutions to the dynamic US energy market.”

The solar modules for the Permian Energy Center will be supplied by Jinko Solar and JA Solar, the number one and two global suppliers, in 2018.

Permian Energy Centre – statistics

Total capacity 460MW
Project Area 3560 acres
Solar Panels 1,300,000
Daily solar output capacity 420MWac
Battery storage capacity 40MWac, 1 hour
Construction jobs created 300
Expected completion 2021

Source & image credit – Ørsted

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