A US subsidiary of Japanese company J-Power and funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group have agreed to jointly develop a solar plus storage facility with a combined capacity of 240MW.
The Birchwood plant would comprise 50MW of solar and 190MW of storage, the developers said.
The project would see the Birchwood Power coal plant, which has been in operation since 1996, convert to renewable energy.
Birchwood will be J-Power's third solar plant in the US.
It benefits from existing transmission infrastructure, which will be used for the new solar and storage generation, the company said.
“With the decommissioning of Birchwood Power, J-Power USA's only coal-fired plant, our portfolio will consist exclusively of clean, efficient and reliable natural gas and renewable energy,” it added.
J-Power USA president and chief executive Mark Condon said: “This is an exciting opportunity to take a former coal plant site and transform it into an emission free, clean energy facility.
“This project is part of J-Power USA's plan to increase our renewable portfolio and continue our efforts to build a cleaner sustainable energy future.”