Enel Green Power has announced the completion of its first sizable hybrid wind project, based in Texas.
In Throckmorton County, the 350MW Azure Sky Wind + Storage power project combines a 137MW/205 megawatt-hour battery with a wind farm.
With Akamai, MilliporeSigma, Synopsys, and Uber, Enel Green Power inked an aggregated power purchase agreement (PPA) to assist businesses with distributed energy demands to cooperatively acquire renewable energy.
Additionally, PPAs were inked by the Kellogg Company, HP Hood, and lululemon to buy clean energy production.
Paolo Romanacci, Enel Green Power US and Canada head, said “We’re committed to connecting Texans with clean and cost-effective electricity through our renewable projects.”
“The Azure Sky wind + storage project and storage additions at Roadrunner and High Lonesome help to add measurable value in the form of storage capacity and reliability to support the state’s electricity system.
“Enel Green Power’s projects provide more generation, more resource diversity, and more dispatchable storage – three key elements of Texas’s goal to reform its power grid.”
Azure Sky wind + storage is Enel Green Power’s first significant hybrid wind project worldwide, and it is situated in Throckmorton County.
Additionally, Enel has put up grid-connected storage systems at the locations of the High Lonesome and Roadrunner wind farms.
Each battery system will increase the grid’s storage capacity by 57 MW/86 MWh, supporting grid resilience in a state that frequently experiences high demand due to extreme weather and high temperatures.
The technologies will also aid in balancing fluctuating generation profiles in ERCOT’s western region, which is heavily dependent on renewable energy.
Between the two projects, Enel will have a total of 170 MWh of battery storage capacity, allowing it to dispatch flexible capacity and offer services to support resilience in the face of changing grid circumstances in ERCOT.
Enel will run a portfolio of 12 battery energy storage systems with a total capacity of more than 1290MWh in Texas by the beginning of 2023.