News Release > Entergy Texas to purchase 150 megawatts of solar power
Entergy Texas to purchase 150 megawatts of solar power
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Entergy Texas customers will soon benefit from a new, cleaner energy resource located in Polk County, Texas. Longroad Energy, a US-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator, recently announced financial close and commencement of construction of Umbriel Solar, a 150 MWac (202 MWdc) photovoltaics project. Entergy Texas has entered into a long-term Power Purchase Agreement for Umbriel’s total output, which is enough energy to power more than 30,000 homes.
"Umbriel marks a major milestone, as it will be our first solar resource to come online, further diversifying our portfolio," said Abigail Weaver, Entergy Texas director of resource planning and market operations. "Our communities are increasingly asking for clean-energy offerings, and this facility will provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for years to come."
The renewable energy generated by Umbriel is projected to be the equivalent of avoiding approximately 250,000 metric tons annually of CO2 emissions, which is equal to taking approximately 55,000 cars off the road each year that the facility is in operation.
The project will be constructed by McCarthy Building Companies and is expected to reach commercial operations by the end of this year.
“Texas continues to be an attractive market for solar development, and we are pleased to achieve financial close and begin construction on Umbriel,” said Adam Horwitz, VP of origination and development operations at Longroad Energy. “Umbriel’s closing marks over 1.7 gigawatts of total wind and solar projects developed, financed and built in Texas by the Longroad team.”
Umbriel Solar will also supply a resource-based renewable energy offering (green energy tariff) for Entergy Texas customers. The Green Future Option program is a new voluntary program that provides the benefits of solar generation without the burden of owning solar panels. GFO is currently under consideration by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and will go live upon receipt of PUCT approval and resource availability.
In 2021, Entergy Corporation announced plans to triple its renewable energy portfolio over a three-year period. The company expects to have 11,000 megawatts of renewable energy generation by the end of 2030. Umbriel Solar is another milestone in our continued transformation of our power generation portfolio, meeting customers’ needs with cleaner, efficient and diverse sources of electricity while maintaining affordable rates. Learn more about our renewable energy generation growth at entergy.com/renewable-energy.
About Entergy Texas
Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to approximately 500,000 customers in 27 counties. Entergy Texas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in New Orleans. Entergy powers life for 3 million customers through its operating companies across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy is creating a cleaner, more resilient energy future for everyone with our diverse power generation portfolio, including increasingly carbon-free energy sources. With roots in the Gulf South region for more than a century, Entergy is a recognized leader in corporate citizenship, delivering more than $100 million in economic benefits to local communities through philanthropy and advocacy efforts annually over the last several years. Our approximately 12,000 employees are dedicated to powering life today and for future generations. For the latest news from Entergy, visit the Newsroom.