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July 21 (Renewables Now) - Renewables developer Enel Green Power has started building the Lily solar-plus-storage project in Texas, its first hybrid plant in North America, parent company Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) announced on Tuesday.
The Lily project will combine a 146-MW photovoltaic (PV) park with a 50-MW battery system, which will be capable of storing up to 75 MWh. The solar component will feature 421,400 bifacial modules with a combined estimated output of 367 GWh of electricity per year.
Enel Green Power plans to test growing crops under the panels, and plant pollinator-friendly groundcover vegetation for the benefit of nearby farmland, the Italian utility said.
The construction site is located southeast of Dallas in Kaufman County, Texas. The facilities are expected to come online by summer of 2021.
Enel Green Power has plans to install some 1 GW of utility-scale wind and solar projects in the US and Canada each year through 2022. It intends to evaluate potential to co-locate storage with each new plant, the company added.