Vistra Brings Brightside On-line as First of Seven Renewable Energy Tasks in Texas

Photo Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell

Vistra’s Brightside Solar Facility in Live Oak County, Texas, is on-line and producing electrical energy. The 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) venture is a part of the corporate’s rising portfolio of zero-carbon power era property, generally known as Vistra Zero. Brightside Solar Facility is the primary of seven new renewable and energy storage tasks that the corporate is bringing on-line throughout Texas over the subsequent few years. The Texas-sized bundle of zero-carbon tasks, all positioned inside the ERCOT market, are a part of a close to $1 billion capital funding by Vistra.

“With Brightside and additional Vistra Zero projects poised to come online across Texas, our vision of transitioning our fleet to cleaner electric generation is becoming a reality,” says Curt Morgan, CEO of Vistra. “As Texas continues its rapid rate of economic and population growth, Vistra is investing in the grid of the future while serving the needs of its customers who are increasingly seeking green alternatives. We’re proud of our long history of powering Texas and look forward to continuing to strengthen the ERCOT grid with additional power to help build the sustainable future all Texans deserve.”

Also anticipated on-line in spring 2022 in Texas are the 260 MW/260 MWh DeCordova Energy Storage Facility (Hood County) and 108 MW Emerald Grove Solar Facility (Crane County).

Situated on 430 acres in Live Oak County, Brightside is comprised of 147,732 photovoltaic solar panels that may generate sufficient electrical energy to power roughly 25,000 common residences within the ERCOT market throughout regular grid circumstances. Initial venture development started in January 2021.

“With unmatched development, commercial and operational teams, requisite capabilities, and access to capital, we are proud to be playing a leading role during this great energy transition,” provides Morgan. “For 140 years, Vistra and its predecessor companies have generated affordable and reliable electricity. We take seriously our responsibility of providing an essential product, while balancing our commitment to the environment and the communities where we work and live. The way we produced power in 1882 looks very different now – but our commitment to our fellow Texans remains the same.”

Brightside Solar Facility makes use of solar panel expertise from First Solar. Burns & McDonnell offered engineering and development experience.

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