Two US-based companies have agreed to evaluate the feasibility of a $60m solar project at a large data centre in Illinois.

Solar Alliance Energy and Green Data Centre Real Estate signed an agreement to design and conduct a detailed feasibility analysis on the initial 56MW phase of the project.

The analysis will also assess the feasibility of a phased approach to expanding up to 150MW. This will depend on site constraints, power demand, and construction schedules.

Solar Alliance CEO Myke Clark said: “As we continue to design and build solar systems for residential builders and commercial clients, we are also excited to begin project development work on larger utility-scale systems.

“These projects take investment and time to pursue, but the return on investment through ownership potential is significant.

“The 56MW project, with expansion potential up to 150MW, in Illinois is a prime example of the type of new project we will be pursuing this year in addition to growing our commercial solar pipeline.”

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The agreement also includes an option for Solar Alliance to acquire up to 10% of the project. As part of this, the company would take on additional project development responsibilities, including interconnection assessment activities, project finance participation and community engagement.

This agreement replaces the letter of intent signed by the two companies, announced earlier this year. The companies previously collaborated on a 4.57MW solar project for a data centre in Murphysboro, Illinois.