Ørsted says it has commenced construction on the company’s first utility-scale solar-plus-battery-storage project, the 460 MW AC Permian Energy Center.
The facility is located in Andrews County, Texas, and will come online in mid-2021. Upon completion of the center, Ørsted will become the first energy company to operate the full spectrum of onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and storage solutions in the U.S. market.
The Permian Energy Center will comprise 420 MW AC of solar PV and 40 MW AC of battery storage located on a 3,600-acre site alongside existing oil and gas installations and will supply growing West Texas demand for electricity.
“We are very excited to be moving ahead with the Permian Energy Center project and to be adding solar plus storage to our rapidly growing portfolio of US onshore assets,” says Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen. “With the completion of Permian, Ørsted will have a US portfolio of operating assets that spans the full spectrum of offshore and onshore renewable energy technologies, which we believe is important as we look to offer our customers the most competitive and diverse clean energy solutions into the future.”
The solar modules for the Permian Energy Center will be supplied by Jinko Solar and JA Solar.