Mortenson constructs 108-MW solar project for Texas utility

Texas energy company visstraEmerald Grove Solar Facility in Crane County, Texas, is online and generating electricity.

Located on 1,100 acres in Crane County, the 108 MW Emerald Grove project consists of 316,416 photovoltaic solar panels that can generate enough electricity to power approximately 54,000 average homes in the ERCOT market during normal grid conditions.

“Emerald Grove comes online in time to see Texas through what is predicted to be a record-breaking summer for energy use,” said Jim Burke, Vistra president and chief financial officer. “Vistra’s diverse array of power generation facilities allows us to combine battery storage and renewables, such as Emerald Grove, with shippable generation to provide low-carbon, reliable electricity while maintaining grid resilience.”

Emerald Grove Solar Facility uses solar panels from First Solar. The project is designed and installed by Mortenson

Emerald Grove is the third of seven new renewable energy and energy storage projects that will bring Vistra online across Texas in the coming years, and the latest addition to its portfolio of carbon-free power generation assets known as Vistra Zero.

Vistra Zero projects to be completed and online in Spring 2022 include:

  • Brightside Solar Facility, Live Oak County, TX – 50 MW
  • DeCordova Energy Storage Facility, Hood County, TX – 260 MW/260 MWh
  • Emerald Grove Solar Facility, Crane County, TX – 108 MW

Together with its existing zero-emission generation assets, these projects bring the company’s zero-carbon Vistra Zero portfolio online to nearly 3,300 MW, with plans to grow to more than 7,300 MW by 2026.

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