Yesterday, RWE Renewables announced that its Hickory Park Solar project, a 195.5-megawatt (MWac) facility coupled with a 40-MW 2-hour battery storage system, located in Mitchell County, Georgia, is under construction. RWE is operator/manager of the solar facility, selling the energy and renewable attributes from the facility to Georgia Power through its Renewable Energy Development Initiative program. The project is expected to be online in late 2021.
The company announced in November 2019 that it had entered into a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power, an investor owned public utility that serves more than 2.6 million customers.
When complete, the Hickory Park solar power plant will interconnect more than 650,000 solar panels, which together will cover an area of about 1,800 acres. The integration of a state-of-the-art DC-coupled storage system will allow the project’s energy yield to be optimized and increase the predictability of injection into the Georgia Power grid.
“We are extremely pleased to have a project of this size in Georgia under construction,” said Silvia Ortin, COO Onshore Wind and Solar PV Americas.
“We are excited about this new economic boost for our community,” said Paige Gilchrist, Executive Director of the Mitchell County Development Authority. “RWE’s significant investment will generate new tax dollars for our community as well as bring in hundreds of construction workers who will be spending money here, therefore increasing our local sales tax. “
In addition to Hickory Park, RWE owns and operates West of the Pecos solar project, a 100-MW (ac) project located in Reeves County, Texas. Furthermore, RWE has significant experience in the U.S. onshore market with more than 4.2 GW (RWE’s pro rata share is about 3.6 GW) of onshore wind. In addition, RWE has, at the moment, almost 1 GW of onshore wind farms under construction in the U.S. The projects are located in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and New York State.