12 October 2021
In Fannin County, Texas, Pattern Energy has completed construction and started operations on its 83 MWac Phoenix solar project. The new facility expands Pattern Energy’s existing platform in Texas with 1,037 MW of clean energy in operation at six facilities across the state. Phoenix Solar has entered into a 12-year 65 MWac PPA with Digital Realty for the project.
Phoenix Solar systems are equipped with First Solar Series 6 modules and NEXTracker NX Horizon trackers. Mortenson Construction provided engineering and construction services for the project.
âPhoenix Solar is the latest example of Pattern Energy’s expansion of solar energy business and continued investment in Texas. This new solar installation creates huge benefits with more than $ 15 million in revenue for Fannin County and local schools, while producing clean energy for 20,000 homes, âsaid Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy . âNew renewable energy sources like Phoenix Solar make sense to communities because they are the cheapest new form of energy and their investments generate jobs, growth and a positive economic impact in rural areas where they are developed.
âWe are excited to further expand our renewable energy portfolio in Texas,â said Aaron Binkley, senior director of sustainability at Digital Realty. âWe place a high priority on local sourcing of new net renewable energies in our data centers. That’s exactly what Phoenix Solar is doing, located less than an hour’s drive from our Richardson, Texas data center campus.
To date, Digital Realty has purchased 100% renewable energy for its entire European data center portfolio, 100% wind energy for its colocation business unit in the United States and 100% renewable electricity and carbon-free for many of its northern California and Illinois properties. In addition, the US EPA has recognized Digital Realty as one of the top 100 buyers of renewable energy in the country.
Construction of the facility created more than 200 jobs. Fannin County will recognize the immediate and long-term economic benefits of the project. Over its lifetime, the new facility is expected to provide more than $ 12 million in new tax revenue to the Bonham Independent School District and over $ 3 million to Fannin County. The project will further contribute income in the form of long-term rental payments to the project landowners.
Tags: Digital Realty, Mortenson, Pattern Energy, Texas