Enel Green Power North America, the US renewable energy subsidiary of Italian energy company Enel Group, has commenced construction on the 497MWRoadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas.
After completion, Roadrunner will be the largest solar facility in Enel’s US portfolio and largest solar project in the state of Texas.
The Roadrunner solar plant is the company’s second project to begin construction in Texas in 2019 after the 450MW High Lonesome wind project in January.
Enel Green Power North America head Georgios Papadimitriou said: “This plant is the latest major milestone for Enel’s operations in the US renewable market, where we have already started construction of projects for almost 1 GW this year.
“The US market is rich with opportunities for growth and has an increasing appetite for sustainable electricity.
“Projects like Roadrunner are indicative of our ability to capitalise on this trend, while boosting the diversity of the business both in geography and technology.”
The Roadrunner project is expected to enter into operation in two phases. The first phase, consisting of around 252MW, is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, while the remaining 245MW of capacity is expected to be up and running by the end of 2020.
Once fully operational, the solar power plant will be able to generate approximately 1.2TWh annually, while avoiding the emission of more than 800,000m tonnes of CO2 per year.
Currently, Enel Green Power North America operates the 63MW Snyder wind farm, located in Scurry County, Texas.
The company is also constructing the 450MW High Lonesome wind project, part of which is located in Upton County, Texas.
Enel Green Power North America owns and operates renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 24 US states and two Canadian provinces.
It operates around 100 plants with a capacity of around 5GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy.
Image: Enel begins construction on 497MW Roadrunner solar plant in Texas. Photo: Courtesy of Zbynek Burival on Unsplash.