Duke Breaks Ground On 250MW Texas Solar
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions has started construction of the 250MW Pisgah Ridge solar farm in the US state of Texas.
Engineering and construction for the project are being performed by Moss, while Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will own and operate the project located in Navarro County.
Commercial operation is expected by the end of 2022.
The project is expected to employ 200 to 300 workers at peak construction.
Charles River Laboratories International, a provider of critical research tools and integrated support services that enable innovative and efficient drug discovery and development, has signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 102MW of the output from the project over 15 years.
Two other unnamed corporations have signed separate 15-year VPPA agreements for the remaining 148MW of solar energy generated by the Pisgah Ridge.
All three VPPAs associated with the site will settle on an as-generated basis tied to the project's real-time energy output, the company said.
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions president Chris Fallon said: “We're excited to continue to grow our Texas solar portfolio, which will provide additional energy resources for the citizens of Texas to help meet their growing demand and need for a more diverse energy infrastructure.
“This project demonstrates how we can address the community's need for clean energy resources, while providing unique sustainability solutions for customers like Charles River.”
Charles River senior director of EHS and sustainability Gregg Belardo said: “This VPPA is the first step toward our commitment to source 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030.
“The benefits of the Pisgah Ridge Solar project move us substantially closer to achieving that goal.”
Charles River was advised on the VPPA by Schneider Electric, who assisted the company in its project selection and negotiations.