Enel Green Power North America Inc., the U.S. renewable subsidiary of the Italy-based Enel Group, has started construction of the 497 MW Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas.
Once completed, Roadrunner is set to be the largest solar facility in Enel’s U.S. portfolio and the largest solar project in the state of Texas, the company claims.
This is Enel’s second clean energy project to begin construction in Texas this year, following the 450 MW High Lonesome wind project in January.
“This plant is the latest major milestone for Enel’s operations in the U.S. renewable market, where we have already started construction of projects for almost 1 GW this year,” says Georgios Papadimitriou, head of Enel Green Power North America. “The U.S. market is rich with opportunities for growth and has an increasing appetite for sustainable electricity. Projects like Roadrunner are indicative of our ability to capitalize on this trend while boosting the diversity of the business both in geography and technology.”
Roadrunner is expected to enter into operation in two phases. The first phase, totaling around 252 MW, is expected to be complete by the end of 2019, while the remaining 245 MW of capacity is expected to be up and running by the end of 2020. Once fully operational, the solar plant will be able to generate approximately 1.2 TWh annually and avoid the emission of over 800,000 million tons of CO2 per year.
In Texas, Enel Green Power North America also operates the 63 MW Snyder wind farm, located in Scurry County.