The Lone Star State is leading the energy transition
Lily solar + storage is located southeast of Dallas in Kaufman County, Texas. Its 421,400 photovoltaic (PV) bifacial solar panels are expected to generate over 367 GWh each year, equivalent to avoiding the emissions of over 242,000 tons into the atmosphere annually. The project comprises a 181 MWdc PV facility paired with a 55 MWdc battery.
The battery storage system can store energy generated by the solar panels to be delivered when needed, such as to help smooth the supply of electricity to the grid or during periods of high electricity demand. It is Enel Green Power’s first hybrid project in North America to integrate a utility scale battery storage facility with a renewable energy plant and is part of 2 GW of renewable energy capacity and 600 MW of new battery capacity to be installed in Texas through 2022.
Enel Green Power is dedicated to creating long-term shared value and is committed to supporting local economic development and long-term sustainability in its host communities in Texas. This project created over approximately 225 jobs at the peak of construction and is expected to generate over $25 million in local tax revenue to fund public services over its lifetime.
A summer STEAM Camp was organized through our our partnership with KidWind, a K-12 program that teaches students about renewable energy technology and is hosted by the Riter C. Hulsey Public Library. Educators with the University of Oklahoma NSF-RET program toured the Lily site to assist in developing rural STEM curriculum in agrivoltaics. Additional community initiatives are underway with a focus on STEM / STEAM education, local fire departments and emergency medical services.
A sustainable construction process
Lily followed Enel Green Power’s Sustainable Construction Site model, which adheres to best practices that minimize the impact of the plant’s construction on the environment.
Throughout the pandemic, the Lily solar + storage site has implemented safe working practices, strict travel guidelines, social distancing, office and project site sanitation, and other best practices to protect the health of its workers and the community in which it operates
Jobs ~225 Local construction jobs
Local Tax Revenue 25
Local Tax Revenue 25 million dollars in local tax revenue over the project’s lifetime
We use innovative tools and technology at our solar farms, such as construction machinery equipped with active safety systems, smart tracking, advanced digital platforms, and tablet software solutions to monitor and remotely support site activities as well as plant commissioning. These tools enable us to quickly gather reliable and accurate data to improve the quality of construction and our on-site and off-site team communications. Drones, smart glasses, remote assistance applications and innovative mixed-reality devices are used to perform virtual site safety inspections and visits, and to gather more information about the site for project review meetings.
Lily uses bifacial solar panels which produce energy from the front and rear panels. Unlike traditional mono-facial panels that produce energy only from the front panel, bifacial panels collect diffused daylight from reflecting off the ground, which produce energy from the rear panel. The energy gain ranges from 10% to 25% depending on the weather and reflectivity from the ground. Bifacial panels help by adding more power to the same module surface which reduces Balance of Plant cost and lowers the levelized cost of energy.