Enel Green Power Begins Operating Largest Solar Plant in Texas
Enel Green Power has completed the 245 MW second phase of the Roadrunner solar plant, which has a total capacity of 497 MW. Roadrunner's completion increases Enel Green Power's operating portfolio to over 6 GW of renewable capacity across the U.S. and Canada.
Enel Green Power has started operations at the 245 MW second phase of its Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas. The overall 497 MW project is the largest operational solar farm in Texas and the company's largest in the United States.
"Our engineering and construction team executed on a project of monumental scale in record time, notwithstanding today's ongoing challenges," said Georgios Papadimitriou, Head of Enel Green Power North America. "Enel Green Power has firmly established itself as a leader in large-scale solar generation in North America and, with a portfolio that now totals over 6 GW of renewable capacity, our strategy of steady growth in the U.S. and Canada continues apace."
Roadrunner will sell its energy in a 65 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with Mondelēz International and a 70 MW PPA with The Clorox Company. The agreement is Mondelēz International's largest renewable energy partnership and enables the global leader in snacking to make substantial progress against its goal to reduce its absolute CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 15 percent by 2020. The PPA with The Clorox Company represents about half of Clorox's 100 percent renewable electricity goal in its operations in the U.S. and Canada and is expected to help Clorox accelerate achieving its goal in 2021, four years ahead of the company's original plan. The plant's 1.2 million bifacial photovoltaic (PV) panels will be able to generate approximately 1.2 TWh annually, avoiding the emission of over 792,000 tons of CO2 per year. The project is expected to generate approximately 60 million US dollars in new tax revenue for the local community over its lifetime.
Other Enel Green Power construction projects across the U.S. and Canada include the 181 MW Lily solar + storage project in Texas, the 236.5 MW White Cloud wind project in Missouri, the 299 MW Aurora wind project in North Dakota and a 199 MW expansion of the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Kansas.
Enel Green Power, and the Enel Group as a whole, is closely following the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and is responding, as main priority, to protect the health of its workers, employees and the community where it operates. In North America, the company has enacted strict travel guidelines, stepped up office and project site sanitation and implemented ways for colleagues to conduct their work remotely and follow safe working practices if and when on-site. At the Roadrunner construction site, crews implemented safe working practices and operations were structured to maintain social distancing as well as other best practices. Furthermore, as part of its US$1.3 million commitment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the U.S. and Canada, the company developed initiatives to support community hospitals, schools and emergency responders in Texas.
Enel Green Power in North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants with a presence in 18 U.S. states and one Canadian province. The company operates over 70 plants with a managed capacity of over 6 GW powered by hydro, wind, geothermal and solar energy.
Enel Green Power, within the Enel Group, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of around 46.4 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.
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