June 4, 2018
Vistra Energy‘s newest solar plant is online.
The Upton 2 Solar Power Plant in West Texas achieved commercial operation with 718,000 solar panels , the company said on Friday.
The 180 MW project is owned by Irving-based Vistra subsidiary Luminant, which says at nearly 1,900 acres — roughly the equivalent of 1,424 football fields — it’s the largest operating solar facility in Texas.
The project in Upton County, south of Midland, includes a platform for battery storage development.
Vistra President and CEO Curt Morgan said, “When we announced the project a year ago, we did so knowing that Upton 2 was the perfect fit for Vistra’s integrated business model.”
“Through this project, we’re enabling our Texas retail brand, TXU Energy, to enhance its retail solar offerings, and we’re diversifying Luminant’s generation fleet, as well.
“This project makes strategic sense for us as a business, and we’re excited that it is officially powering Texas in time for the 2018 summer.”
Vistra announced the purchase of Upton 2 in May 2017 while the project was under development.