A large solar project is being developed in Central Texas as a partnership between global automotive supplier Vitesco Technologies, San Antonio-based Big Sun Solar and the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC) and is believed to be one of the first three-party power purchase agreements in Texas.
Groundbreaking for the project began in late July and is expected to be completed and commissioned by the end of 2023.
The solar project will be built on 12 acres adjacent to the Vitesco Technologies manufacturing facility in Seguin supporting the company’s role as a leading international supplier of modern drive systems and electrification solutions for sustainable mobility. Through the power purchase agreement, Big Sun Solar will build, own and operate the solar project, and Vitesco Technologies will purchase from GVEC the electricity generated to offset its energy consumption.
The 2.6-MWDC project will generate roughly 4,800 megawatt hours per year through 4,800 solar panels, which use trackers to follow the sun’s changing position throughout the day. That will meet about 13% of Vitesco Technologies’ annual energy consumption at the Seguin facility.
“The Seguin facility is one of our largest manufacturing plants in the world and a key contributor to Vitesco Technologies’ ability to serve U.S. and global automakers with powertrain technology,” said Scott Williams, head of Operations for Vitesco Technologies North America. “Our collaboration with Big Sun Solar has led to a significant leap forward in allowing us to also meet our corporate environmental and sustainability targets. Our corporate values of Passionate, Partnering and Pioneering are on full display thanks to the expertise and support received from Big Sun Solar and GVEC.”
By 2030, Vitesco Technologies wants to achieve climate neutrality for its entire production and internal business activities. The company has also set itself the ambitious goal of making its entire value chain climate neutral by 2040 at the latest. This also includes all business activities outside the company’s own processes — from the extraction of raw materials to the use of products.
“Converting the transportation sector to climate neutral solutions is daunting but also achievable. We’re proud and excited to work with companies such as Vitesco Technologies who are taking the lead,” said Big Sun Solar CEO Robert Miggins.
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