February 28 (Renewables Now) - The US unit of UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) has received a contract to design and build a 50-MW solar park in Dawson County, Texas, it said on Tuesday.
Construction of the Project Ivory solar facility, formerly known as Lamesa II, is slated to begin in March, while commercial operations are expected to be launched in November. Planned to be powered by 197,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, the solar park will produce enough electricity for around 35,000 US households. It will operate under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Texas-based utility CPS Energy.
Around 150 of workers are expected to be employed during the peak construction of the project and up to three full-time operations and maintenance (O&M) jobs will be opened afterwards.
The specific project was originally launched by BNB Renewable Energy Holdings in 2013. RES joined in the middle of 2015 but later sold its interest to OCI Solar Power, which is part of South Korea’s OCI Co (SEO:010060).
RES has installed more than 180 MW of PV capacity in Texas. Project Ivory is the fifth scheme it embarks on there, including the 102-MW Lamesa PV park, which was commissioned in May 2017 and is currently owned by Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE:SO).