Two new 100-MW utility-solar units expected in the Permian Basin
Houston — Two 100-MW utility-scale solar photovoltaic generation projects are either under construction or will soon be in two west Texas counties situated within the Permian Basin.
One of the projects is to be owned by Duke Energy Renewables, the other by Germany’s E.ON.
The Duke Energy Renewables project, announced February 8, is the 100-MW Lapetus Solar Energy Project that is slated for Andrews County, Texas.
Duke has acquired the Lapetus project from developer 7X Energy and said in a February 8 statement that construction of the facility is expected to begin before the end of March and is scheduled to begin operations by the end of this year.
“Once operational, the solar energy from Lapetus will be sold in solar blocks under a power purchase agreement negotiated by 7X and Duke Energy Renewables and will deliver electricity to ERCOT,” Duke Energy Renewables said. “Brazos Electric Power Cooperative will purchase the energy on behalf of CoServ Electric and seven other distribution cooperative members.”
Duke Energy Renewables said Lapetus will be its largest regulated or unregulated solar facility in the US and will be sited on 800 acres of land.
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On January 30, E.ON said it broke ground on its 100-MW West of the Pecos solar project, located in Reeves County, Texas. E.ON said it is its first solar project in Texas and expects the facility to come online in December 2019.