Enel Green Power North America has started construction of the 497 MW Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas.
Once completed, Roadrunner is set to be the largest solar facility in Enel’s U.S. portfolio and the largest solar project in the state of Texas, according to Enel’s press release. This is the company’s second project to begin construction in Texas already this year, following the 450 MW High Lonesome wind project in January.
“This plant is the latest major milestone for Enel’s operations in the US renewable market, where we have already started construction of projects for almost 1 GW this year,” said Georgios Papadimitriou, Head of Enel Green Power North America. “The US market is rich with opportunities for growth and has an increasing appetite for sustainable electricity. Projects like Roadrunner are indicative of our ability to capitalize on this trend, while boosting the diversity of the business both in geography and technology.”
Roadrunner is expected to enter into operation in two phases. The first phase, comprised of around 252 MW is expected to be complete by the end of 2019, while the remaining 245 MWof capacity is expected to be up and running by the end of 2020.
Once fully operational, the solar plant will be able to generate approximately 1.2 TWh annually, while avoiding the emission of more than 800,000 million tons of CO2 per year.
In Texas, Enel Green Power North America currently operates the 63 MW Snyder wind farm, located in Scurry County and is currently constructing the 450 MW High Lonesome wind project, a portion of which is also located in Upton County, Texas.
Enel Green Power North America is part of Italian-based Enel Group’s global renewable energy line. Enel has about 5 GW of renewable capacity including hydropower, wind and solar.