Ørsted begins construction on 460MW solar plus battery storage project in US


Danish energy giant Ørsted has started construction on the 420MW solar and 40MW battery storage project located in Andrews County, Texas after its board of directors had taken the final investment decision.

To be located on a 3,600-acre site, the Permian Energy Center will supply electricity to West Texas. The facility is expected to come online in mid-2021 and will be located alongside existing oil and gas.

Ørsted claims that the region which is synonymous with traditional energy production, the solar and storage project underscores the increasing cost competitiveness of renewable energy.

Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen said: “We are very excited to be moving ahead with the Permian Energy Center project and to be adding solar plus storage to our rapidly growing portfolio of US onshore assets.

“With the completion of Permian, Ørsted will have a US portfolio of operating assets that spans the full spectrum of offshore and onshore renewable energy technologies, which we believe is important as we look to offer our customers the most competitive and diverse clean energy solutions into the future.”

Chinese solar panel-makers Jinko Solar and JA Solar have been selected to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules for the Permian Energy Center. About 1,300,000 solar panels could be installed at the site.

After the completion of the Permian Energy Center, Ørsted claims that it will become the first energy company to operate the full spectrum of onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and storage solutions in the US.

When online, the solar plus battery storage facility will supply enough clean energy to more than 100,000 US homes.

During the peak construction period, nearly 300 temporary jobs could be created in the region.

Ørsted's US Onshore arm Lincoln Clean Energy CEO Declan Flanagan said: “We are 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.”


Image: Ørsted building solar and storage project in US. Photo: Courtesy of Ørsted A/S.

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