J-Power, SPDI, Avondale & AP Solar to Develop 400 MW Solar Project in Texas

J-POWER USA, SPDI, Avondale Solar and AP Solar have agreed to jointly develop Charger Solar, a 400 MW ac solar project located in Refugio County, Texas.

J-Power 400 MW Solar Project

PC: Canadian Solar

J-POWER USA, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based J-Power, Solar Plus Development Inc (SPDI), a subsidiary of Plus Renewable,  Avondale Solar and AP Solar, a joint venture company between Plus and Avondale, have agreed to jointly develop Charger Solar, a 400 MW ac solar project located in Refugio County, Texas.

Texas consistently rates as one of the best solar resources in the country in addition to its rapidly growing economy.  As old coal plants come offline, the customers and municipalities increasingly want to replace it with clean renewable energy. This project is strategically situated, equal distance to San Antonio and Houston, both high energy demand cities. Charger Solar is well positioned to provide clean and accessible energy to the local communities, the firms issued in a statement.

“We strive to minimise our carbon footprint by finding innovative clean energy solutions,” stated Mark Condon, President and CEO of J-POWER. “This joint venture represents an expansion of our relationship with AP Solar which follows our partnership to develop Red Tailed Hawk, a 350 MWac solar project located in Wharton County, TX.”  Condon continued.

The firm now has (along with its affiliate companies) interests in 12 US power generating facilities, totaling approximately 6,500 MW.

Trevor Nash, CEO of AP Solar, said “we are very pleased to be working with J-POWER USA on the development of the Charger Solar project, in addition to the Red-Tailed Hawk Solar project, which will be optimally located to deliver power into both the South and Houston Zones of ERCOT.”

Recently, we had reported that SPDI, and Avondale Solar on July 22, 2020, completed the sale of the 350 MW ac Fighting Jays Solar PV project in Fort Bend County, Texas that they have have been developing via their affiliate, AP Solar, to an affiliate of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

The project is expected to break ground in the second half of 2020 and be operational by the summer of 2022. And CIP, Fighting Jays Solar and Shell Energy North America (Shell) entered into a long term hedge agreement under which Shell will purchase physical power from the project.

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