Enel Green Power has started the construction of its first solar+storage project in North America.
The Lily solar + storage project comprises a 146MWac photovoltaic (PV) facility paired with a 50MWac battery in Dallas in the US state of Texas.
The renewables+storage project is expected to be operational by summer 2021.
Some 421,400 PV bifacial panels that will be installed at the facility are expected to generate over 367GWh each year. The energy generated will be stored using the utility-scale battery and delivered into the grid when needed.
The project will avoid the annual emission of over 242,000 tons.
The battery storage system is capable of storing up to 75MWh at a time.
Enel plans to install approximately 1GW of battery storage capacity across its new and existing wind and solar projects in the US over the next two years.
This falls under efforts by Enel to create a new revenue stream using battery storage while ensuring the reliability of grid networks during peak demand.
Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power, said: “This substantial commitment to deploy battery storage capacity underscores Enel’s leadership in constructing innovative hybrid projects that will drive the ongoing decarbonisation of the power sector in the United States and around the world.
“The Lily solar plus storage project highlights the huge potential of renewable energy growth and represents the future of power generation, which will increasingly be made up by sustainable, flexible plants that provide zero-carbon electricity while boosting grid stability.”