E.ON announced it has started construction on its West of the Pecos solar project, located in Reeves County, Texas.
The 100-MWac project is expected to come online in December 2019 and consists of more than 350,000 photovoltaic panels built over a 670-acre area. E.ON expects approximately 300 jobs will be created during the construction of the project.
“Breaking ground on a project of this size is a very important step for us to become a leading player in the North American solar market,” said Silvia Ortin, Chief Operating Officer North America. “We’re excited to advance our first solar project in Texas and to continue our investment in renewable generation benefiting local communities across the U.S.”
In May 2018, the project secured a long-term power purchase agreement for 50 MW with SK E&S LNG, LLC, a subsidiary of SK E&S Co., Ltd., one of the largest energy companies in South Korea. Back then, E.ON estimated the project would be completed in 2020 and create 700 jobs.
“We are very proud to be moving forward on this project, a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our solar team,” said Nathanaël Esposito, President Solar & Storage, North America. “We appreciate the support we’ve received from the local community and we are happy to invest and create jobs in Reeves County while delivering clean electricity to the Texas grid.”
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