Ørsted, a power company based in Denmark, has reportedly announced that it has started construction on the first utility-scale solar and battery storage venture of the company, the 460 megawatt (MW) Permian Energy Center. The facility is situated in Andrews County in the U.S. state of Texas and will come online by mid-2021.
Apparently, when the Permian Energy Center is built, Ørsted will turn out to be the first energy firm to manage the complete spectrum of solar PV, onshore as well as offshore wind and storage solutions in the U.S. market.
Sources close to the matter informed that the Permian Energy Center will consist of 40 MWac of battery storage and 420 MWac of solar PV situated on a site spanning 3,600-acres, along with current oil and gas installations and will provide to the rising demand for electricity in West Texas. In a region known well for conventional energy production, the project underlines the increasing cost competitiveness of renewable energy.
After the project is completed, the company will hold a U.S. portfolio of operating assets that include the complete spectrum of onshore and offshore renewable energy technologies, which the company believes is important as it is looking forward to offer customers the most competitive and varied clean energy solutions in the future.
According to Declan Flanagan, chief executive for Lincoln Clean Energy, the U.S. onshore developer for Orsted, stated that the Permian Energy Center is a significant project that supports the ability of Orsted to deliver competitive and clean energy solutions to the vibrant U.S. energy market.
Seemingly, the solar modules to be installed at the Center will be provided by Jinko Solar and JA Solar which are the first and second providers globally, respectively, in the year 2018.
Sources further added that the U.S. onshore business of Ørsted operates wind assets of around 1 GW capacity. It has an additional 670 MW capacity wind assets under construction along with the 40 MWac of storage and 420 MWac of solar photovoltaic that will be supplied by the Permian Energy Center.