Engie breaks ground on 225MW solar project in Texas

WCN Editorial Team 8 Nov 2019 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Engie North America, the US subsidiary of French energy company Engie, has broken ground on the 225MW Long Draw Solar Project in Texas.

Located in Borden County, the project will serve the municipalities of New Braunfels, Denton, Garland and Kerrville and their electric utilities under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2020, the project is expected to generate tax payments to Borden County and the Borden County Independent School District of over $10m over its lifecycle.

Upon completion, the project will comprise over 800,000 solar panels and employ 150 people during the peak construction period.

This is said to be the largest solar project to date in Engie’s solar portfolio.

Engie North America solar development head Luis Felipe Birolini said: “We’re so glad to join with leaders here in Borden County and with our customers to support them in creating new opportunities to diversify their renewable energy sources on a meaningful scale.

“We look forward to completing the project in the summer of 2020, and to providing zero carbon, affordable energy for years to come.”

New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) CEO Ian Taylor said: “Today culminates many months of hard work and dedication to further enable NBU to be good stewards of our environment – and to deliver affordable and reliable energy to our customers.

“This project is a great example of municipal entities working together for the best of their customers and embodies NBU’s mission in action, to provide innovative, essential services.”

Under the power purchase agreement, NBU will purchase 100MW of solar energy from the project and Denton Municipal Electric (DME) will purchase 75MW, while Garland Power & Light (GP&L) and Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) will purchase 25MW each.

GP&L general manager and CEO Jeff Janke said: “Garland Power & Light looks forward to adding solar from the Long Draw Project to our power portfolio.

“This affordable resource will support GP&L’s competitive rate strategy.”

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Image: Engie to build 225MW solar project in Texas. Photo: courtesy of Bishnu Sarangi from Pixabay.

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