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    Orsted has successfully commenced full commercial operations at the Helena Energy Center, a 518MW hybrid wind and solar project situated in Texas, USA.


    Located in Bee County, South Texas, the Helena Energy Center includes the 268MW Helena wind farm and the 250MW(ac) Sparta solar farm, and has established contracts with several corporate clients.


    Executive Vice President and CEO of Region Americas at Orsted, David Hardy, said “Helena Energy Center is unique in that it’s Orsted’s first co-located wind and solar project and the largest renewable energy project in our global onshore portfolio.”


    “Taking advantage of the Gulf of Mexico’s strong coastal winds and abundant sunshine, this project will offer reliable energy to Texas’ grid and economic opportunity for the local community.”


    “In reaching full operations, Helena Energy Center brings Orsted’s global operating onshore portfolio to 4.8GW. We look forward to building on that momentum as more onshore projects come online in the US this year.”


    Orsted is developing over 1.3GW of onshore renewable assets, with 1.1GW slated to be operational in 2024. To celebrate the completion of the Helena Energy Center, Orsted organized an event at the facility, attended by partners, landowners, community members, and local and state officials. The Helena facility includes 66 wind turbines and over 600,000 solar panels.


    Morgan LaMantia, Texas Senator, who represents Bee County, commented “This project should come as welcome news to all Texans as it provides significant clean power to our state at a time when all eyes are on grid reliability.”


    “I’m especially proud that the Bee County community will also benefit from workforce opportunities, public school support, and funding for rural areas like ours.”


    The construction of the Helena Energy Center generated roughly 500 construction jobs and will continue to provide operations and maintenance jobs for the duration of the plant’s life.


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