Duke Energy Renewables is expanding its solar energy portfolio by acquiring the 200MWac/266MW Rambler solar project from Recurrent Energy. The project will be located in Tom Green County, Texas and is expected to achieve commercial operation in mid-2020.
The energy generated from the Rambler solar project will be sold to a customer under a 15-year agreement. The 200MWac project will utilize more than 733,000 of Canadian Solar's bi-facial BiKu modules across approximately 1,700 acres west of San Angelo, Texas. Rambler will power the equivalent of 40,000 homes, and Duke Energy Renewables will provide long-term operations and maintenance services to the project.
"We're pleased to continue our expansion of solar energy resources in Texas, which is seeing increasing demand for power," said Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables. "In addition to generating clean energy, this project will also bring significant economic benefits to the state." The project is expected to employ 400 workers at peak construction.
"With over one gigawatt of contracted projects in ERCOT's service territory, we are proud that Recurrent Energy continues to lead solar energy development in Texas, one of the fastest growing U.S. states for the solar industry," said Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. "It has been our pleasure to rekindle our long relationship with Duke Energy Renewables' talented team through this strategic transaction."