Enel Green Power NA plans 1.5 GW of new renewables and energy storage capacity

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Enel Green Power North America said it has started work on five new renewable energy projects in the U.S., including Roseland solar + storage, Blue Jay solar + storage, Ranchland wind + storage, Alta Farms wind project, and Rockhaven wind project.

Enel also will add 57 MW battery storage systems to two projects in Texas, the High Lonesome wind farm and Roadrunner solar farm. The new solar, wind, and hybrid projects in Texas, Illinois and Oklahoma represent over 1.5 GW of new capacity and 319 MW of battery storage capacity.

With these projects, Enel Green Power North America said it has more than 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction, and by mid-year will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under construction.

Texas growth

Enel is expanding its presence in Texas, and has started construction of the Roseland solar + storage, Blue Jay solar + storage and Ranchland wind + storage projects. At 639.6 MW, Roseland will be Enel’s largest solar plant in the U.S. and Canada and will be paired with a 59 MW battery storage system. Located in Falls County, near Waco, Roseland is expected to achieve commercial operation in the second half of 2022.

In Grimes County, near College Station, the Blue Jay solar + storage project will pair a 270 MW solar PV plant with a 59 MW battery storage system. The project is expected to begin operations by the end of 2021. The Ranchland wind + storage project will be a 263 MW wind farm paired with an 87 MW battery system. Located in Callahan and Eastland counties near Abiline in West Texas, operations are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

Enel previously announced construction on three other renewables + storage hybrids in Texas including the Lily solar + storage, Azure Sky solar + storage, and Azure Sky wind + storage projects.

The company also plans to retrofit its 500 MW High Lonesome wind farm and 497 MW Roadrunner solar farm in West Texas with a 57 MW battery storage system at each plant. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

In total, Enel Green Power has six projects under construction in Texas representing 2 GW of new generating capacity and around 600 MW of battery storage.

Solar is on track to make up the largest share of new capacity additions in Texas between 2020 and 2022. Almost 50% of the additions during this time period will be solar, surpassing wind (35%) and natural gas (13%) additions, according to the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration.

EIA said that California currently has the most installed utility-scale solar capacity of any state. But Texas is expected to add 10 GW of utility-scale solar capacity by the end of 2022, compared with 3.2 GW in California. One-third of the utility-scale solar capacity planned to come online in the United States in the next two years (30 GW) will be in the Lone Star State.

Projects in Illinois and Oklahoma

Enel said it also is growing its portfolio in Illinois with the construction of the Alta Farms wind project in DeWitt County, west of Champaign-Urbana. The 200 MW plant is expected to begin operations in the second-half of 2022. In Oklahoma, Enel has started construction on the 140 MW Rockhaven wind project in Garvin and Carter counties, south of Oklahoma City and adjacent to the Origin wind farm which the company has operated since 2015. The project is expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2021.

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