As part of an ambitious drive to cut carbon emissions, Vistra plans to construct six large solar facilities in the Texas electricity market by 2022. Together with a new battery storage site, the projects will cost a $850 million. These projects are part of the Irving-based company’s Vistra zero initiative, which aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
The solar projects range from two 200-megawatt facilities in Henderson County and Hood County, to a 10-megawatt expansion of the Upton 2 Solar and Energy Storage Facility in Upton County.
Vistra will also add 260 megawatts of battery storage capacity with its DeCordova Energy Storage site. The total of 930 megawatts of capacity across Vistra’s seven facilities is enough to power around 190,000 Texas homes during peak demand.
The company’s announcement of almost 1 gigawatt of solar and storage in Texas is the first step in a transition away from coal power generation. Another 1 gigawatt of solar is already in the pipeline. “Vistra’s commitment to our transformation to a low-to-no-carbon future is unequivocal and offers unique opportunities for growth and innovation,” said Vistra CEO Curtis Morgan.
The company estimates that the two largest solar projects, in Henderson and Hood counties, will support 2,000 jobs during the construction phase, which will be completed by 2022. Vistra did not specify how many permanent employees it would need for its six solar sites and one storage facility.