Electric utility company Engie has commenced commercial operations of its 50MW SolaireHolman solarpower plant in the US.
The facility generates enough renewable energy to supply up to 10.5% of the City of Houston's electricity requirements.
Under a power purchase agreement (PPA), Engie will provide the city with clean and affordable solarpower over the next 20 years, strengthening the city’s position as one of the largest municipal purchasers of renewable energy in the US.
Located in Texas, the SolaireHolman solarpower plant is jointly developed and implemented by Engie's subsidiaries Solairedirect North America and Engie North America.
Solairedirect North America's managing director Marc-Alain Behar said: “We’re very proud to serve the City of Houston, a national innovator and substantial customer by any measure.
“One of the most gratifying parts of our work at Engie is aligning with customers to provide the best value we can.
“Through SolaireHolman, the City of Houston will strengthen its energy portfolio with clean, low-cost solarpower for the benefit of all the people who live and work in this vibrant community.”
Being one of the largest solar projects in the state of Texas, the SolaireHolman facility comprises 203,840 solar panels on 360 acres. The plant will supply electricity for a wide range of Houston locations, such as the Hermann Park Zoo, wastewater treatment plants, the Bob Lanier Public Works Building, and several terminals at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The City of Houston uses approximately 1bn kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy each year, which accounts for more than 89% of its total electricity needs.
Image: Solar panels. Photo: courtesy of start08 / Freedigitalphotos.net.