Enterprise Products Partners LP signed a virtual power purchase agreement for solar energy from the Space City Solar project located in Wharton County, Texas.
“We are committed to being a responsible steward of the environment, including using energy sustainably across our footprint,” A.J. “Jim” Teague, co-CEO of the Houston-based midstream company’s general partner, said in a statement on March 1.
The purchase agreement made with EDF Renewables North America is the result, Teague said, of an initiative launched by Enterprise Products in 2020 to expand solar power purchasing and/or installations across its system.
“We estimate that by 2025, approximately 25% of our power will be from renewable resources,” he added.
The Space City Solar project is expected to commence construction in Summer 2021 and begin delivery of clean electricity in Summer 2022. The power purchase agreement between EDF Renewables and an affiliate of Enterprise Products was for a second tranche of the project for 100 MWac / 132 MWdc. The project’s total capacity is up to 345 MWac / 455 MWdc.
Approximately 300 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase with more than $30 million generated in new tax revenue over the operating life for Wharton County taxing entities, according to a joint release.
“Space City Solar will provide an economic boost to the local economy through construction jobs, local spend and an expanded tax base,” said Matt McCluskey, vice president of south region development for EDF Renewables.
EDF Renewables North America is a subsidiary of the dedicated renewable energy affiliate of the French multinational electric utility company EDF Group.
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