Masdar buys stake in eight US renewable energy assets

16 Aug 2020
Masdar buys stake in eight US renewable energy assets

UAE-based Masdar has acquired 50 per cent stakes in a 1.6GW clean energy portfolio in the US, which includes three wind energy projects and five PV solar schemes. Masdar has acquired the stake from the North American arm of France's EDF Renewables

UAE-based Masdar has acquired a 50 per cent stake in a 1.6GW renewable energy portfolio in the US, which includes eight clean energy projects.

Masdar has acquired the stake in eight of EDF Renewables North America’s clean energy assets in the country, which includes three wind farms in Nebraska, Texas and California, with a total capacity of 815MW, and five photovoltaic (PV) solar assets with a total capacity of 689MW. The PV solar aseets also have a 75MW capacity of lithium-ion battery energy storage.

All three of the wind projects are under construction and due to begin commercial operations before the end of 2020. The wind projects are:

  • 273MW Las Majadas wind project, Willacy County, Texas
  • 243MW Coyote wind farm, Scurry County, Texas
  • 300MW Milligan 1 wind farm, Saline County, Nebraska

The PV solar projects which Masdar has acquired a stake in are:

  • Desert Harvest 1 PV plant, 213MW, 35MW storage, Riverside County, California
  • Desert Harvest 2 PV plant, 213MW, 35MW storage, Riverside County, California
  • Maverick 1 PV plant, 173MW, Riverside County, California
  • Maverick 4 PV plant, Riverside County, Riverside County, California
  • Big Beau PV plant, 166MW, 40MW storage, Kern County, California

The 166MW Big Beau solar plant is due to be commissioned in 2021, with the other PV solar projects to be commercially operational in the fourth quarter of 2020.

This is Masdar’s second investment in US renewables assets. In 2019, the UAE energy firm acquired 50 per cent stakes in two wind farms in Texas and New Mexico.

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