Texas lands $1 billion investment in solar and battery projects

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Two facilities with a combined capacity of 400 MW/800 MWh of battery storage and 600 MW of solar power generation will be built in Caldwell County beginning in Spring 2022.

Petroleum products firm Chem-Energy will invest more than $1 billion in solar and battery plant facilities in Central Texas.

Two facilities with a combined capacity of 400 MW/800 MWh of battery storage and 600 MW of solar power generation will be built in Caldwell County beginning in Spring 2022. The first facility -- constructed on 3,511 acres near Uhland -- is expected to be operational in 2023.

The facilities will provide clean energy and grid stability to ERCOT and the Texas grid.

“Caldwell County is the perfect strategic choice for our flagship operations in Texas,” said Robert Hayward, COO of Chem-Energy Corporation. “With available land in a growing region, close proximity to Texas State University and a robust workforce pipeline, the Texas Innovation Corridor provides an ideal environment for our organization’s growth.” 


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In the first year, 400 permanent employees will be hired to support the projects. One of the facilities will be home to the country's first standardized solar PV and battery storage training facility.

Mortenson Construction will serve as the engineer and builder of the solar facilities, while KORE Power will provide the high energy density NMC batteries for power storage and Invenergy Services will provide back office administrative, energy asset management and operations and maintenance support. Soundgrid Partners will provide project management, technical advice, and support, Chem-Energy said.

“We welcome the largest economic development win in the Texas Innovation Corridor to Caldwell County,” said Caldwell County Judge Hoppy Haden.  “This is a seismic development for our region which will establish several new opportunities in our community. We anticipate that Chem-Energy will be a long-term community partner to Caldwell County.”

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