Massive Texas 637 MW Frye Solar Plant selects new management

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Recently completed 637 MW Frye Solar plant, Texas, has new management Repsol has announced; RES has made a deal with Repsol to manage operations and maintenance at one of the largest solar facilities in the United States. Specifically, they will perform remote monitoring, preventative and corrective maintenance, reporting and vegetation maintenance.

Details of the RES agreement

This deal was struck to ensure the plant performs at maximum efficiency. Repsol emphasised that both companies have a shared commitment to sustainability and innovation. Furthermore, RES has experience across the full lifecycle of solar projects from development, through construction and into long-term operations. The company is thus uniquely positioned to identify opportunities to enhance the performance of the Frye facility.

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Why RES?

Additionally, RES’ comprehensive reliability management approach to operation and maintenance goes beyond traditional strategies to include diagnostic testing and risk assessment. By systematically assessing and mitigating risks, RES helps asset owners optimize maintenance resources. In addition, they will reduce downtime and maximize revenue generation.

The company has expertise in spares management and use of digital technologies. This further strengthens RES’s ability to identify and address issues promptly thus minimizing downtime and maximizing asset performance. The company holds more than 41 GW of operation and maintenance, and asset management contracts globally.

“By teaming with RES on this comprehensive O&M agreement, Repsol Renewables North America will ensure the highest levels of safety, reliability and performance at our largest utility-scale solar site to date. In addition, this agreement will help us meet the commitments to the communities we operate in and provide the clean sustainable energy for our customers we serve,” said Terry Oswald, VP of O&M at RRNA.

“The RES team is immensely grateful for this opportunity to partner with such an exceptional organization. By leveraging our deep knowledge and innovative technologies, we aim to unlock the full potential of this landmark project,” said Stevan Vale, RES senior VP of services in the Americas.


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More on the Texas Frye Solar Project

On 11 April, it was announced that construction of the Frye Solar project was completed. The plant has a total capacity of 637 MW however, only 570 MW is in operation. The plant is located in Texas. Specifically, Kress City, Swisher County. What’s more, the Frye Solar facility has nearly  one million solar panels. It is one of the largest solar facilities in the country. Repsol is also constructing the Outpost solar plant with 629 MW and Pinnington solar facility with 825 MW. This brings the company’s total renewable installed and under development capacity in Texas is 2,091 MW. Moreover, they already generate renewable electricity at its existing solar power plants in New Mexico, Jicarilla 1 and 2, with a total installed capacity of 125 MW and 20 MW of battery storage.

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89% of the solar output from the Frye Solar Plant has been sold already through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement. This is part of the company’s strategy to lock in returns from the project. The total cost of the plant was not disclosed by the company.