Leeward Renewable Energy breaks ground on 200-MW Texas solar project
Leeward Renewable Energy announced the beginning of construction on the 200 MW Horizon Solar project near the town of Pearsall in Frio County, Texas. On June 15, there was a groundbreaking ceremony.
The project will create approximately 400 construction jobs and Leeward is committed to hiring local skilled workers. In addition to job creation, Horizon Solar will provide a host of benefits to the local community, including significant economic investment, approximately $30 million in county and school tax payments, and 500,000 MWh per year of zero-emission renewable energy. The project is expected to be commissioned commercially in the fourth quarter of 2023.
“We are excited to begin construction on our Horizon Solar project,” said Omar Abudaher, VP Development at LRE. “Today marks another major milestone in the development of the 200 MW solar facility in Texas, bringing LRE one step closer to delivering clean, renewable energy. We thank the Frio County community and officials for their support and look forward to a long-term partnership.”
LRE previously announced four 15-year renewable energy procurement agreements with Verizon Communications, under which Verizon will purchase the energy generated from Horizon Solar, in addition to the energy generated by three other LRE projects. Horizon Solar will also provide reliable, renewable energy and offset the equivalent emissions of more than 40,000 average Texas homes. The project includes solar components from leading US companies, including solar modules from First Solar and smart solar tracker solutions from NexTracker.
“At Verizon, we are committed to reducing our impact on the planet through proven sustainable and socially responsible strategies and programs,” said James Gowen, Verizon Chief Sustainability Officer and senior VP of global supply chain. “The latest development in our work with LRE is helping to build a greener U.S. energy grid, and the Horizon Solar project facility is another key component on the road to achieving net zero emissions in our direct operations by 2035.”
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