otalEnergies, the global energy giant, has officially launched its biggest solar+storage farm in the U.S. Located south of Houston, the Myrtle Solar facility is ramping up the Lone Star State's renewable energy game.
The farm is equipped with 705,000 ground-mounted solar panels and sprawls across a staggering area equivalent to 1,800 American football fields. With a peak capacity of 380 MW, Myrtle can power up an impressive 70,000 homes with green electricity.
But that's not all; the facility comes with 225 MWh of battery storage crafted by Saft, a TotalEnergies subsidiary. TotalEnergies notes that its battery tech is designed to help make the Texas electrical grid more reliable and weather-resistant.
Interestingly, most of the energy from the project isn't going to the public. 70% of the green electricity generated by Myrtle will be utilized by TotalEnergies' own industrial plants along the U.S. Gulf Coast. These include a plastics plant in La Porte, Texas, an oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, and a styrofoam manufacturing unit in Carville, Louisiana. The remaining 30% of the power will go to Kilroy Realty, an LA-based real estate firm, under a 15-year power purchase agreement.