- Engie has started construction on 225 MW Long Draw Solar Project in Texas
- It will be the company’s largest solar project to date
- The project will be ready with more than 800,000 solar panels by the summer of 2020
- On completion, it will supply clean power to four municipal utilities - NBU, DME, GP&L and KPUB
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Engie North America has started construction work on the ‘largest solar project to date in Engie’s solar portfolio’ with 225 MW capacity in Texas, US. The French energy company Engie’s presence in North America won the project under a solar energy proposal process conducted by New Braunfels Utilities (NBU).
The Long Draw Solar Project is under contract with NBU, Denton Municipal Electric (DME), Garland Power & Light (GP&L) and Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) to supply clean power generated for a period of 15 years to help these entities diversify their power supply portfolios and curb retail electricity rates from going up.
Under the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed, Engie will supply power generated by 100 MW capacity of the Long Draw project to NBU, 75 MW to Denton, 25 MW to Garland and 25 MW to Kerrville.
The project will be developed in Borden County with more than 800,000 solar panels and is expected to come online in the summer of 2020.
In North America, Engie plans to build 2.5 GW of new renewable energy capacity out of its global target of some 9 GW to be added between 2019 and 2021. The management says the company has an additional 10 GW of wind and solar projects in its broader development pipeline in the US and Canada.
The French company has firmed its presence in the US renewables market with recent acquisitions – Conti Corporation & subsidiaries and SoCore (see Engie Acquires North American Solar EPC Firm). In September 2019, Engie lapped up a PPA with Microsoft for its Texas located 230 MW solar and wind power generation assets (see Microsoft To Purchase 230 MW RE From Engie).