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Blue Jay solar + storage, USA

Blue Jay solar + storage, USA

Plant under construction

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The project

Making clean energy and opportunities happen in Texas 

The Blue Jay solar + storage project will pair a 270 MWdc solar photovoltaic and a 59 MWdc battery storage system. It will feature over 658,000 solar panels situated across 2,700 acres. It is located in Grimes County, Texas, and is expected to enter into commercial operation by the end of 2021. 59MW dc of battery storage operations will commence in 2022.

Technology

Hybrid - Solar + Storage

Status

Under construction

Capacity

270MWdc + 59 MWdc  battery storage  

Energy production

524 GWh annually 

CO2 Emissions avoided

324,000 tons annually 

Electricity Equivalent

+47,000 US households annually

Timeline

Milestones

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Community Impact

Enel Green Power is committed to creating long-term shared value and opportunities for rural economic development and long-term sustainability in its host communities. The Blue Jay solar + storage project is expected to create over 450 construction jobs and eight permanent jobs, and to contribute an estimated $37 million in local tax revenue and $41 million in lease payments to landowners over the project’s lifetime. 

Enel Green Power contributed $25,000 to Texas State Technical College to help employees obtain skills required for the renewable energy sector. Our collaboration with the college also includes the implementation of smart energy infrastructure in Bryan-College Station and local communities. We are providing equipment aid to local emergency response teams, and students will benefit from our sponsorship of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and drone programs, along with the KidWind curriculum at the local school district.

Work progress status

Status of construction phase

Enel Green Power is committed to the “sustainable worksite” model and the Creating shared value model (CSV). When we build projects, we monitor sustainability performance for energy, waste and water management, and the economic impact on the local community.  

Jobs >450

Jobs >450 Local construction jobs 

Investment 37

Investment 37 Million dollars in local investment over the project's lifetime

Landowner Income 41

Landowner Income 41 Million dollars in lease payments to landowners over the project’s lifetime  

Digital Initiatives

The Blue Jay solar + storage project will consist of over 658,000 solar panels.  Bifacial modules are an example of cutting-edge module technology: they produce energy from front and rear panels, unlike traditional monofacial modules, which produce energy only from the front panel. Bifacial modules collect diffused daylight that is reflected off the ground, known as Albedo. This produces energy from the rear panel. The energy gain ranges from 10% to 25% depending on the weather and reflectivity from the ground. Bifacial modules help by adding more power to the same module surface, which reduces Balance of Plant cost and lowers the levelized cost of energy. 

Drones and 360-degree cameras conduct virtual site inspections, and remote applications and innovative mixed-reality devices are used for weekly project meetings.

Contacts

Community and Landowners Inquiries

Moris Schiavoni , Site Manager

Media Inquiries

Matt Epting, Enel Communications

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