The Permian Energy Center of Ørsted is the Danish power company’s first major solar and storage project announcement in the US ever since it entered the country’s solar market post the Lincoln Clean Energy acquisition in 2018. (Photo Credit: Ørsted A/S)
- Denmark wind energy company rstedhas started construction work on its 460 MW solar and storage facility in Andrews County, Texas
- It will come up by the mid of 2021 as a 420 MW solar PV and 40 MW storage with 1-hour capacity project
- Permian Energy Center will be located on 3,560-acre land alongside existing oil and gas installations and will supply power to Western Texas
- JinkoSolar and JA Solar will supply 1,300,000 solar panels for the project whose completion, rstedclaims, will make the company the first energy company to operate the full spectrum of onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and storage solutions in the US
Denmark headquartered offshore wind energy player Ørsted is getting into the US solar PV market big time where it is already present in the offshore and onshore wind segments of renewable energy with a 460 MW PV plus storage facility in Texas.
The utility company has broken ground onsite in Andrews County for the project comprising a 420 MW (AC) solar PV and 40 MW (AC) battery energy storage system with 1-hour capacity after the company board approved investment for the same. The utility scale project is called Permian Energy Center and will be spread on 3,560 acres alongside existing oil and gas installations.
Chinese solar module producers JinkoSolar and JA Solar have been signed on to provide 1,300,000 solar panels that will generate enough power to supply 100,000 US homes.
Once the project comes online in mid 2021, the Danish company claims 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 market’. Power produced by the facility will be supplied to Western Texas.
Ørsted entered the US solar market through the acquisition of renewable energy company Lincoln Clean Energy in August 2018 through which in May 2019, it acquired the development business of US solar and storage project developer Coronal Energy (see Ørsted Acquires Utility-Scale Solar+Storage Developer).