Vistra powers up 260-MW/260-MWh battery in Texas

Installation at the Moss Landing battery site. Image by: Vistra Energy.

May 24 (Renewables Now) - US power producer and retailer Vistra (NYSE:VST) on Monday announced the commissioning of its 260-MW/260-MWh DeCordova battery energy storage system (BESS) in Texas.

Touted as the largest one of its kind in the state, the facility is part of a larger portfolio of solar and battery systems that Vistra plans to bring online in Texas under an almost USD-1-billion (EUR 937m) investment plan.

DeCordova is located at the site of a natural gas-fired power plant in the city of Granbury, Hood County, and is connected to the ERCOT grid. The system consists of over 3,000 lithium-ion battery containerised modules by Sungrow which will be capable of storing enough electricity to supply about 130,000 average homes in Texas during normal grid conditions.

Construction group Mortenson was in charge of installing the facility.

Vistra owns 39 GW of power assets, including natural gas, nuclear, coal, solar and energy storage capacity. The company, which owns the 400-MW/1,600-MWh Moss Landing battery in California, says the net-carbon capacity in its portfolio is nearly 3.3 GW, while it will aim at reaching 7.3 GW by 2026.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 1.067)

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