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Plenitude starts operations of 263 MW solar PV plant in Texas

Plenitude, an Eni company based in Italy, has begun operations at the Golden Buckle Solar Project in Brazoria County, Texas. Built on 600 acres of land, the 263 MW solar facility has the ability to produce between 400 and 500 GWh of clean energy annually. Under a long-term power purchase agreement, Target will purchase the majority of the green electricity produced by the solar farm.

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Acciona Energía to acquire BESS project from Qcells in Texas

Acciona Energía, a subsidiary of the Spanish infrastructure firm Acciona, has agreed to purchase the Cunningham battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Texas from Qcells. No financial details have been disclosed.  The Cunningham facility, which is 55 miles from Dallas, is expected to come online in 2023 and will be the largest operating battery energy storage project in Texas.

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Google signs 942 MW solar PPA with SB Energy

Google has signed a 942 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with SB Energy Global to power its Midlothian, Texas, data centre as well as the Dallas Cloud area. The tech giant will purchase nearly 75 per cent of the electricity generated by four of SB Energy’s solar power plants that are currently under construction.

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Taaleri Energia and partners inaugurate 336 MW wind farm in Texas

Taaleri Energia, a Finnish energy company, has announced the launch of the Escalade wind farm in Truscott, Texas, in collaboration with AIP Management and Akuo. The 45 Vestas V162 5.6 MW turbines and 20 Vestas V150 4.2MW turbines make up the 336 MW wind farm. It will produce roughly 1,270 GWh of clean energy annually, enough to supply 115,000 homes in the area.

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SUSI Partners purchases 100 MW battery storage portfolio in Texas

SUSI Partners, a Swiss infrastructure fund manager, has announced the acquisition of a 100 MW battery storage project portfolio in South Texas, US, in collaboration with SMT Energy. The deal was done through SUSI Partners’ flagship Energy Transition Fund (SETF). The portfolio comprises ready-to-build 10 MW battery storage projects and is anticipated to start operating in the first half of 2023.

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Wind and Solar Are Saving Texans $20 Million a Day

In a year of record-high prices for fossil fuels, as lawmakers consider new policies that can help fight inflation, renewable energy is already helping to shield Americans from steep jumps in their electricity bills. Based on benchmark natural gas prices, RMI estimates that, on average, wind and solar projects in Texas have avoided $20 million per day in fuel that otherwise would have been needed for fossil fuel-based power plants to meet electricity demand.

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Spearmint Energy purchases a battery storage project in Texas

Spearmint Energy, a US-based renewable energy platform, has announced the acquisition of Revolution, a 150 MW battery energy storage project in Texas. For an undisclosed sum, the project was purchased from Con Edison Development, a subsidiary of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses. The Revolution project, one of the largest battery projects in Texas, is situated close to King Mountain Wind Farm in the Lower Colorado River Authority Territory (LCRA).

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Cypress Creek purchases 400 MW energy storage portfolio in Texas

Cypress Creek Renewables, a US-based solar energy provider, has purchased 400MW/600MWh of standalone energy storage projects in Texas from Black Mountain Energy Storage (BMES). The company acquired four independent energy storage projects with a combined capacity of 100 MW that were spread out across the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The development stages of each energy storage project are presently underway.

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SWEPCO seeks approval to acquire renewable energy projects in the US

Southwestern Electric Power (SWEPCO), a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), is seeking approval from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas utility regulators to acquire three renewable energy projects. Mooringsport, a 200 MW solar farm in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, and Diversion, a 200.6 MW wind farm in Baylor County, Texas, are two of the companies’ targets. SWEPCO is also looking to purchase Wagon Wheel, a 598.4 MW wind farm in Oklahoma’s Garfield, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, and Noble counties.

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Naturgy begins construction of 300 MWdc solar facility in the US

With a $276 million investment, Spanish utility Naturgy has begun construction of a 300 MWdc solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Texas. The 7V Solar Ranch plant is being developed on more than 800 hectares of land in Fayette County and is expected to be operational by 2023. The project marks the beginning of the development of the solar and energy storage portfolio that Naturgy bought from Hamel Renewables in 2021.

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RWE begins commercial operations of its 200 MW wind farms in Texas

RWE Renewables, a German renewable energy company, has begun commercial operations at its El Algodon Alto onshore wind farm in Texas’ San Patricio County. The 200 MW onshore wind plant, which is part of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) south market, is equipped with 91 Vestas wind turbines. The onshore wind farm will generate enough electricity to power over 60,000 homes.

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Acciona Energia to acquire Red-Tailed Hawk solar project in Texas

Acciona Energia has acquired Red-Tailed Hawk, a 350 MWac solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the US, from Avondale Solar and Solar Plus Development. The project will be developed by Avondale Solar’s subsidiary, AP Solar Holdings, in collaboration with Solar Plus Development in Houston, Texas. The construction of the project will cost $460 million.

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The Texas Storm That Proved the Need for Grid Investments

With climate change bringing more extreme storms like Uri, we urgently need strong investments in the grid of the future. The bipartisan infrastructure legislation was a first step. Thankfully, Congress is considering the Build Back Better agenda that would make historic investments in transmission. More transmission lines are crucial for a resilient power grid; they also save consumers money.

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Samsung C&T plans to develop 700 MW solar plant in Texas

Samsung C&T could potentially invest $673 million to develop solar power plants with a combined operating capacity of approximately 700 MW in Texas. Samsung Electronics is also considering building an additional plant in Austin by investing $17 billion. These agreements cover the employment of workers for the development of these power plants. Commercial operations are scheduled to start in December 2023.

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Belltown Power Texas to develop 640 MW of storage to support existing solar portfolio

Belltown Power Texas has announced that it will develop stand-alone storage projects to complement its current solar assets. With over 1 GW of solar projects to be commissioned over the next two to three years, the company aims to install about 640 MW of storage systems in Dallas, Texas. Over 2020, Belltown identified several locations where storage is expected to become necessary and plans to develop the proposed capacity across four storage sites.

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Nucor signs 10-year power purchase agreement with Ørsted

Nucor Corporation announced that it has signed a 10-year virtual power purchase agreement for 100 MW of energy from Ørsted’s Western Trail wind farm (WTW) in North Texas. Ørsted’s WTW project is already under construction and is expected to be in service later this year. The project uses Nucor steel and steel products and is designed to continue generating power even during particularly severe weather which is common in the area.

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Hunt Energy and Manulife form a JV to develop 500 MW energy storage projects within ERCOT

Dallas-based Hunt Energy Network formed has a joint venture with Manulife Investment Management to develop 500 MW of energy storage within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The new company will be called HEN Infrastructure and will develop and manage a portfolio of distribution-level energy storage assets in ERCOT, dispatched by Hunt Energy Network’s TraDER platform.

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Wärtsilä to supply 200 MW of energy storage capacity for improving grid support in Texas

Wärtsilä will supply advanced energy storage solutions with a total capacity of 200 MW to Able Grid Energy Solutions. This will entail two interconnected stand-alone systems, Madero and Ignacio, in southern Texas in United States. The energy storage systems will be supplied to Able Grid Energy Solutions, Inc. (“Able Grid”) as per an order placed by the company in February 2021.

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