22 Sep 2023

Enel Secures PPA for Part of Solar-Plus-Storage Project in Ercot With 104MW BESS

22 Sep 2023  by energy-storage   
Lily (pictured), located east of Dallas, Texas, was Enel Green Power’s first hybrid project in North America integrating renewable energy with utility-scale battery storage. Image: Enel Green Power.

The North American arm of Italy-based energy firm Enel has secured a PPA with Boston Properties (BXP) for part of a solar-plus-storage project in the ERCOT, Texas market, which has a 104MW BESS.

The so-called ‘Estonian’ project is currently under construction, and Enel North America expects commercial operations to begin in “late 2024”. The facility will have an installed capacity of 202MW, alongside a 104MW battery energy storage system (BESS), and the PPA signed with BXP will see the workplace management company acquire 21MW of the project’s power output.

“Efforts to advance meaningful decarbonisation at BXP have been centred on energy efficiency, electrification and renewable energy procurement,” said Doug Linde, BXP President. “By contracting for renewable power that is additional, we are making a positive impact by supporting the growth of renewable energy generation and broader transition to a clean energy future.”

Enel North America is building the project in Delta County, in the north-east of Texas, and follows the company’s work in the solar sector elsewhere in the state. In March, Enel North America signed a PPA with Nestle for its under-construction Ganado solar-plus-storage project in Jackson County, in the south-east of the state, and projects such as these will help the company realise its solar power goals.

Enel last week announced it had brought five battery storage projects online in the ERCOT market, totalling 369MW/555MWh of capacity.

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