NRG Spinoff Clearway Has Power Buyer For Unbuilt Texas Wind Farm

December 19, 2018


Northwest Texas’ Mesquite Star wind farm has a new strategic partner in Minnesota-based energy services company Ecolab Inc.

San Francisco-based Clearway Energy Group, Mesquite Star’s developer, was formed in August when NRG Energy Inc. sold off its renewables platforms to Global Infrastructure Partners, a large New York City-based international investment firm that also has holdings in Freeport LNG and Enlink Midstream.

Construction on the 419 MW Texas wind farm is set to begin during the first half of 2019 and now has Ecolab as a client to buy electricity from the farm.

In Ecolab’s first virtual power purchase agreement, the company said it will support construction of the 100 MW project in Fisher County — about 40 miles northwest of Abilene — and expects to cover 100% of its annual energy needs between the new wind farm and an agreement already in place with Clearway.

Clearway already has about 2.8 GW of wind, 1.1 GW of utility-scale solar, and over 300 MW of distributed and community solar projects online, which includes assets owned by an affiliate of the company, plus about 9 GW of renewable power in the planning or construction stages, including the Mesquite Star farm.