Enel Green Power North America has begun operating two new clean power plants, including its first renewables-plus-storage hybrid project. The new additions come as the company embarks on an accelerated growth plan involving the addition of 6.5 GW of new renewable capacity and 1.4 GW of energy storage over the next three years. Enel also began operations of the 140 MW Rockhaven wind farm in Oklahoma.
The 181 MW Lily solar + storage project, located east of Dallas, Texas, is the company’s first hybrid project in North America that integrates a renewable energy plant with utility-scale battery storage. The project includes 55 MWdc of battery storage, part of Enel’s installation of around 600 MW of new storage capacity on the Texas power grid by 2022. The project’s 421,400 PV bifacial panels are expected to generate over 367 GWh each year.
“This milestone signals a new era for our company as we start delivering on our major commitment to grid-scale battery storage in the United States. By pairing renewable energy with storage technology, we are supporting a cleaner and more flexible grid,” said Paolo Romanacci, Head of Enel Green Power in the US and Canada. “We are ready to answer the call of policymakers and business leaders to accelerate the energy transition in North America. As such, we are committing more investment than ever before to achieve accelerated growth targets.”
The Lily solar project was initiated and developed by Red River Renewable Energy, LLC, a joint venture among affiliates of Sun Chase Power and MAP Energy, LLC.
Enel Green Power is North America’s fifth-largest operator of wind and solar plants and is executing on a growth strategy of adding 6.5 GW of new renewables and 1.4 GW of storage capacity by the end of 2024, in an $8 billion growth plan announced in November. Enel has over 2 GW of new wind and solar capacity currently under construction in the US and Canada, along with over 550 MW of battery storage capacity in Texas.
Enel is currently constructing five other renewables + storage hybrids in Texas: the Azure Sky solar + storage, Azure Sky wind + storage, Roseland solar + storage, Blue Jay solar + storage and Ranchland wind + storage projects. Additionally, the company is adding to its 500 MW High Lonesome wind farm and 497 MW Roadrunner solar farm in West Texas with a 57 MW battery storage system near each plant. Elsewhere in the United States, the company is building the 250 MW 25 Mile Creek wind project in Oklahoma and the 200 MW Alta Farms wind project in Illinois.
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