Renewable Energy Systems (RES) will design and construct a 50-MW solar project in west Texas, the company announced Tuesday.
RES will begin construction on the Ivory Solar Facility in March. The Dawson County project was recently sold to OCI Solar Power, which hopes to begin commercial operation by November and has a 25-year power purchase agreement with utility CPS Energy.
The project’s originating developer, BNB Renewable Energy Holdings,began working with landowners, local officials and community leaders in late 2013, and in mid-2015 entered into a joint development agreement with RES to complete the project.
“This project is our fifth solar project in Texas, having already constructed more than 180 MW in the state,” said Chad Horton, VP, RES Development, Americas. “We look forward to working with BNB and OCI Solar Power to bring more solar energy online in Texas. RES has been committed to bringing jobs, economic benefits, and renewable energy to the state, having developed and or constructed more than 3,100 MW of projects to date.”
Ivory Solar Facility will include 197,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels and is expected to generate enough electricity for 35,000 homes through Oncor Electric Delivery’s transmission network.
OCI Solar Power has developed nearly half of the 950 MW of solar installed so far in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market.
“This project will be our ninth large-scale solar project in Texas,” said Charles Kim, president and CEO of OCI Solar Power. “Working alongside RES and BNB, we’ll be able to create an array that provides thousands of more households with reliable, renewable, and more affordable energy.”