Enel Green Power North America has started construction on the 497MW Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas. Once completed, the installation is set to be the largest solar facility in Enel’s US portfolio and the largest solar project in the state of Texas.
Georgios Papadimitriou, head of Enel Green Power North America, said: “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. 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 capitalise on this trend, while boosting the diversity of the business both in geography and technology.”
The Roadrunner project is expected to enter into operation in two phases. The first phase, comprised of 252MW, is expected to be complete by the end of 2019, while the remaining 245MW of capacity is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.
Once both phases are completed, the solar plant will be able to generate approximately 1.2 TWh annually, while avoiding the emission of over 800,000 million tons of CO2 per year.