Maryland-based Standard Solar said Dec. 12 it has acquired the 9.9-megawatt Bluebonnet behind-the-meter solar project from EDF Renewables North America, marking its entry to the Texas renewable market.

Located in McGregor, Texas, southwest of Waco, the Bluebonnet project is expected to be complete in second-quarter 2024. During construction, EDF Renewables’ Distribution-Scale Power team will continue to serve as engineering, procurement and construction contractor, according to the news release.

The greenfield project will feature bifacial modules on single-axis trackers, providing about 25,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy annually.

“This marks the fourth collaboration between Standard Solar and EDF Renewables in the past 2-3 years, including projects such as Lawsbrook, Knox and Lehigh University,” Eric Partyka, director of business development for Standard Solar, said in the release.

Standard said the project will power part of an industrial process load for industrial gases company Messer Americas in Texas. The facility will mark the first time a direct connect solar energy system has mostly powered an air separation unit, according to Chris Ebeling, executive vice president of sales and marketing, for Messer Americas’ US Bulk operations.

With the acquisition, Standard now operates in 23 states.