Published On: Thu, Aug 6th, 2020

Charger Solar project : 400MW solar power plant to be built in Refugio County, TX

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J-POWER USA Development (J-POWER USA) has joined forces with Solar Plus Development (SPDI), Avondale Solar, and AP Solar Holdings to jointly develop the 400MW Charger Solar project in Refugio County in Texas.

The Charger Solar power plant is slated to break ground in the second half of next year with operations to begin by the summer of 2023.

According AP Solar Holdings, because of its location near the Houston metro area, the Charger Solar project is anticipated to face minimal curtailment and basis risk to the premium Houston Zone of ERCOT.

Trevor Nash – CEO of AP Solar Holdings said: “We are very pleased to be working with J-POWER USA on the development of Charger Solar, in addition to the previously announced Red-Tailed Hawk Solar, and, based on the market dynamics and data that we are seeing, Charger Solar will be optimally located to deliver power to both the South and Houston Zones of ERCOT.”

AP Solar Holdings is a joint development company formed by Avondale and Plus Renewable Technologies.

400MW Charger Solar project to be developed in Refugio County, Texas

400MW Charger Solar project to be developed in Refugio County, Texas. Photo courtesy of Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

J-POWER USA said that Texas rates consistently among the best solar resources in the US along with its quickly growing economy. The company, which is a subsidiary of J-POWER North America, which in turn is owned by Japan-based Electric Power Development, said that as old coal plants retire, the customers and municipalities want them to be replaced with clean renewable energy.

J-POWER USA claimed that the Charger Solar project is located strategically having equal distance to San Antonio and Houston, which are both high energy demand places. In this regard, the Charger Solar power plant is well placed to deliver clean and accessible energy to the local communities, said J-POWER USA.

Mark Condon – President and CEO of J-POWER USA said: “We strive to minimize our carbon footprint by finding innovative clean energy solutions.

“This joint venture represents an expansion of our relationship with AP Solar which follows our partnership to develop Red Tailed Hawk, a 350 MWac solar project located in Wharton County, TX.”

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