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Ørsted completes 518MW wind-and-solar hybrid

RICHARD HEAP

June 13, 2024

Ørsted has finished building the 518MW Helena Energy Center wind-and-solar hybrid project in Bee County, Texas.

The scheme is made up of the 268MW Helena wind farm, which is made up of 66 turbines, and 250MW Sparta solar farm. This is Ørsted’s first co-located wind and solar project, and its largest onshore project.

David Hardy, executive vice president and chief executive of region Americas at Ørsted, said: “Taking advantage of the Gulf of Mexico’s strong coastal winds and abundant sunshine, this project will offer reliable energy to Texas’ grid and economic opportunity for the local community. In reaching full operations, Helena Energy Center brings Ørsted’s global operating onshore portfolio to 4.8GW. We look forward to building on that momentum as more onshore projects come online in the US this year.”

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