Engie has broken ground on the 225 MW »Long Draw Solar« project in Texas
Post date: 08/11/2019 - 08:28
Engie North America Inc. hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking with county officials and customers for the 225 MW »Long Draw Solar« project. The company will serve four Texas municipalities - New Braunfels, Denton, Garland, and Kerrville – and their electric utilities – via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the project’s full capacity. Slated to come online in the summer of 2020, the PV plant will be located in Borden County, Texas, and will house more than 800,000 solar panels, employ some 150 people during peak construction, and generate total estimated tax payments to Borden County and the Borden County Independent School District of more than $10 million over the life of project, says the company.
The PPA, which has a term of 15 years, stemmed from an original request for solar energy proposals issued by New Braunfels Utilities (NBU; contracted for 100 MW of capacity), who in turn partnered with Denton Municipal Electric (DME, to purchase 75 MW), Garland Power & Light (GP&L; 25 MW), and Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB; 25 MW) in order to diversify their power supplies and to keep retail electricity rates low.
Engie’s ambition is to build approximately 9,000 MW of new renewable energy projects from 2019 to 2021 globally, including 2,500 MW of new renewable capacity in North America. The company has an additional 10,000 MW of wind and solar projects in its broader development pipeline in the U.S. and Canada.