7X Energy announces sale of 100 MW »Lapetus« PV project to Duke Energy Renewables

7X Energy's Lapetus Solar Project visualization

Texas-based utility-scale solar development company 7X Energy Inc. announced the sale of the 100 MW »Lapetus« solar energy project in Andrews County, Texas, USA, to Duke Energy Renewables. 7X, the original owner and developer, will transition the last stages of development of the solar project to Duke Energy, which also will manage construction and serve as the long-term owner and operator of the project. CohnReznick Capital, investment bank serving the renewable energy industry, acted as financial advisor to 7X Energy on the sale.
»Lapetus« will be located on an approximately 800-acre site, and construction is expected to begin before the end of March. The project will be the first large scale solar project in Andrews County. During peak construction, the solar facility will bring approximately 150 jobs to the county and generate over $20 million in local property tax revenue. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin by the end of the year. The solar energy generated will be sold in »Solar Blocks« under a power purchase agreement (PPA) negotiated by 7X and Duke Energy Renewables and will deliver electricity to ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas). Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. will purchase the energy on behalf of CoServ Electric and seven other distribution cooperative members.

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