Giant solar operation sits next to Permian Basin’s oil and gas ops

Ørsted Completes Permian Energy Center


West Texas isn’t home to just the massive Permian Basin oilfields but now is the site of a 3,600 solar operation that will help meet the growing demand for electricity in that part of the state.

Orsted announced completion of its Permian Energy Center project, a 460 MWAC hybrid solar and battery storage facility in Andrews County, Texas.

“Permian Energy Center is a significant milestone for Ørsted, making it the first developer to own the full spectrum of new renewable energy technologies at utility scale in the US—onshore and offshore wind, solar PV, and storage,” Neil O’Donovan, COO of Ørsted’s Onshore business, said.

The project’s 1.3 million solar panels will generate enough clean energy to power more than 80,000 U.S. households and sit next to existing oil and gas installations. They also bring Orsted’s onshore operating capacity to 2.1 GW.

Source: Hart Energy