Construction Milestone Marks the Largest Renewables Capacity Addition by AES in a Single Year
ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) announced the completion of 3.5 GW of renewables projects in 2023, nearly doubling the capacity constructed compared to 2022.
"In 2023, AES completed the construction of 3.5 GW of new renewables. This construction milestone represents a new record and a growth rate of nearly 100% over 2022. Including these newly added projects, AES' portfolio of renewables now reaches 18.4 GW," said Andrés Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer.
Of the 3.5 GW of projects that AES completed, 1.6 GW are solar, 1.3 GW are wind and 0.6 GW are energy storage. Examples of notable projects completed in 2023 include:
- Great Cove Solar is a 220 MW project comprised of two solar facilities in Franklin and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania being commissioned in multiple phases. It is the largest solar project in the Commonwealth and the University of Pennsylvania will purchase all electricity produced at the sites. The project will generate enough energy to power 70% of the total electricity demand of Penn's academic campuses and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, helping to support the University's goal of achieving a 100% carbon neutral campus by 2042. The project will also host a research study onsite in partnership with Penn's Environmental Innovations Initiative, which could offer the industry insight on best practices for soil health management on operational solar projects.
- Chevelon Butte Wind is a 238 MW wind project, and Phase 1 of a 454 MW wind facility in Coconino and Navajo counties, Arizona. Once Phase 2 becomes operational this year, collectively it will be the state's largest wind farm. The project is sited on the Chevelon Butte Ranch, one of the oldest working cattle ranches in Arizona. The facility is compatible with existing livestock ranching and hunting land uses, enabling the landowner family and Arizona State Land Department to continue the more than century-long tradition of raising livestock and stewarding the land.
- McFarland A Solar-plus-Storage is a 200 MW solar and 100 MW energy storage project located in Yuma County, Arizona. As one of the largest solar-plus-storage projects in the state, this facility represents the next generation of sustainable energy infrastructure powering a more secure and reliable electric grid. The project has already created hundreds of jobs in the region during construction.
- Oak Ridge Solar is a 200 MW solar facility located in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. Oak Ridge Solar is the largest operating solar project in the state and will provide low-cost electricity while reducing carbon emissions and generating economic benefits for the local Morehouse Parish community. This project not only represents a high-value economic investment in the region but also supports Louisiana solar energy growth.
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