INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA has announced that it has entered into a renewable power purchase agreement that will enable the construction of a new 310 MW solar project to be located in north central Texas.

The INEOS Hickerson Solar Farm will be constructed, owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The entire output of the new plant will be sent to INEOS O&P USA and is projected to cover the net purchased electricity load of all 14 of INEOS O&P USA’s manufacturing, fractionation and storage facilities in the USA. The plant will be located in Bosque County, Texas, and is expected to produce 730 000 megawatt hours of energy per year and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 320 000 tons a year.

Construction on the Hickerson solar farm is expected to commence in Q1 2024, with a planned commercial operation date of December 2025.

Image: Cool Springs Solar Energy Center (courtesy of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC)