RES to build 102 MW solar project in Texas


After selling its 102 MW Lamesa solar project to a division of U.S. utility Southern Company, RES Americas announced earlier this week that it has been retained to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the project, as well as operations and maintenance (O&M).

The Lamesa project in West Texas’ Dawson County was originally developed by BNB Energy Holdings, which made a deal to co-develop the project with RES last year. RES plans to begin construction of the project this year, which will involve installing 410,000 PV modules, and to put the plant online in mid-2017.

RES has already built 70 MW of solar PV in Texas, and this is the company’s third and largest PV project in the state to date. RES Americas is also active in wind, and has developed and/or built 2.3 GW of wind to date.

Texas is emerging as a major market for solar. The state’s grid operator predicts that Texas will install 13 GW of solar PV by 2030 even without new federal policies, and GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expect Texas to become the second-largest PV market in the United States after California over the next five years.

For their part, GTM Research and SEIA predict that Texas will install 4.6 GW of solar by 2020, with utility-scale solar comprising the large majority of this.