Google buys 250MWac of solar power from Hecate
October 15, 2019
Google is to buy 250MWac of clean, renewable electricity from Hecate Energy’s new 500MWac solar facilities in Texas. This is part of Google’s plan to make its largest ever purchase of renewable energy, totalling more than $2bn in energy infrastructure produced by solar panels and wind turbines around the world.
As part of the agreement, Hecate will develop and operate new solar power in Texas. Hecate expects it will create jobs in the community, boosting the local economy as a result of its estimated $275m investment in the project.
"Hecate Energy is proud to put its clean energy expertise to work as part of Google's pioneering commitment to carbon-free energy," said Chris Bullinger, president and CEO of Chicago-based Hecate Energy. “The new, renewable energy produced by Hecate solar power will help to combat climate change, enhance environmental quality and contribute to the economic vitality of the region.”
Neha Palmer, director of operations for Google, added: "Sustainability has been one of Google's core values from our earliest days, and a cornerstone of our related efforts is our commitment to clean energy. This announcement will add new renewable energy to the grids where we consume it, creating new construction jobs and making clean power accessible to nearby communities."
Hecate Energy is a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects and storage in North America and select international markets. Founded in 2012 by a team of industry veterans, Hecate has entered into over 1GW of renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), including 180MWh of battery storage contracts. Hecate has developed and built hundreds of megawatts of operating solar projects and battery storage projects totalling over $600m in asset value. The company is in negotiations for an additional 1GW of solar PPAs and has more than 6GW of additional renewable power in its active project pipeline.
Hecate is headquartered in Chicago, and has offices in Los Angeles, Columbus and Darien.