The Permian Energy Center project has begun commercial operation. Danish energy company Ørsted is the owner and operator of the 460-MW hybrid solar and battery storage facility located in Andrews County, Texas. The project and its 420 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 40 MW of battery storage are located on a 3600-acre (1457-ha) site alongside existing oil and gas installations and will supply growing West Texas demand for electricity. The project’s 1.3 million solar panels will generate enough energy to power more than 80,000 homes, the company said.
“The Permian Energy Center is a significant milestone for Ørsted, making it the first developer to operate the full spectrum of new renewable energy technologies at utility scale in the United States — onshore and offshore wind, solar PV, and storage,” said Neil O’Donovan, chief operations officer of Ørsted’s onshore business. “I’m very proud of the Ørsted team and our project partners, who’ve yet again done an excellent job to ensure the safe, on-time, on-budget delivery of our first utility-scale solar PV project.”
Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers around the world. Permian Energy Center brings Ørsted’s onshore installed capacity to 2.1 GW.