Sabanci Renewables has selected Bechtel to design and construct its new 232MWdc Oriana solar project in Victoria County, Texas.
The Oriana Solar facility is expected to produce enough clean energy to power more than 34,000 homes. It will include highly efficient bifacial solar panel technology that enables both sides of the panels to absorb sunlight.
The renewable power produced at Oriana Solar will be delivered to customers on the grid managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
Bechtel is also delivering Sabanci Renewables’ Cutlass Solar 2 project, which is currently under construction; again in Texas.
The state is the biggest producer of solar power in the United States after California. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Texas is expected to install more than 4GW of capacity over the next five years to become the national leader of generated solar power.
Combined, the Bechtel-built facilities in Texas, including Oriana, will provide enough renewable energy for nearly 100,000 homes.
Scott Austin, general manager of Bechtel’s Renewables & Clean Power business, said: “We’re delighted to expand our work with Sabanci to deliver a third renewable energy project for the people of Texas.
“We will be utilizing Bechtel’s 125 years of delivery expertise on this project, and as always, look to employ local people and suppliers to build a facility that will power communities with clean renewable energy for decades to come.”
Ismail Bilgin, chief executive of Sabanci Renewables, part of the Turkish conglomerate Sabanci Holding, said: “We are happy to execute another important renewable project for our portfolio with Bechtel and play a key role in energy transition. We will continue to invest in renewables and contribute to the local economy while creating a sustainable future for future generations.”
Bechtel will design and deliver the solar project, including engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, and project management. Construction is set to begin early next year and be completed in mid-2025.
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