X-ELIO Breaks Ground on $136 million Solar & BESS Projects in Texas

Highlights :

  • X-ELIO is developing 72 MW Liberty Solar Plant in Liberty country of Texas and MW Battery Energy Storage System in Harris.
  • X-ELIO will invest a total of $136.7 million in the two projects.
X-ELIO Breaks Ground on $136 million Solar & BESS Projects in Texas AES Corporation Acquires USA's Largest Permitted Solar Plus Storage Project of 2 GW

Joining the race for a future characterised by absolute use of renewable energy in the USA, leading renewable energy developer X-ELIO broke ground for twin projects in Texas. The company is building 72 MW Liberty Solar Plant and 60 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Project, located in both Liberty and Harris Counties.

X-ELIO said that its Liberty 1 Solar Plant is expected to be operational by early 2024 and will generate 137 GWh of clean energy per year.

The BESS project, co-located with the solar plant, is the company’s largest industrial battery project to-date and its first in the US. The objective is to provide a reliable and cost-effective means of storing renewable energy on-site. X-ELIO will invest a total of $136.7 million in the combined projects.

The ground-breaking event was attended by X-ELIO Country Manager for the US, Kerri Neary; Senior Vice President and Site Manager for the BASF site in Freeport, Brad Morrison and government representatives.

During the event, the company also announced three local Community Plan Program initiatives. The Director of Sustainability for Harris County, Lisa Lin, stated, “I am very excited to see industry vanguards, like BASF and X-ELIO, collaborate together on deploying clean energy developments locally.” She said that it mirrors the renewable energy initiatives that Harris County is considering, and we want to learn from their leadership.

“We are delighted to be here today with BASF and other local stakeholders as we break ground on the Liberty 1 Solar and BESS project,” said Kerri Neary, X-ELIO Country Manager for the US. “It is a major step forward for our business strategy and an important milestone for the energy mix in Texas, a key strategic market for X-ELIO where we will continue to grow our pipeline.”

BASF senior VP, Brad Morrison stated, “As a result, BASF and X-ELIO have signed a 12-year PPA that will supply 48MW of solar power to our Verbund plant in Freeport, Texas. With this agreement in place, 100% of Verbund’s expected purchased power will be supplied by renewable energy.”

A week ago, X-ELIO also announced the closing of a EUR 102 million financial deal for three solar power projects (147 MW) for the Spanish region of Extremadura.

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