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Rambler Solar Project brought online

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San Angelo Standard-Times

Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy announced its 200-megawatt Rambler Solar project in Tom Green County has begun commercial operation, the company announced.

The Rambler Solar project is the second Texas solar facility of its size that Duke Energy Renewables has brought online this year, bringing its total Texas solar portfolio to over 500-megawatts in operation.

The plant was more recently in the news in San Angelo after Signal Energy, the contractor on the job, opted to test its workforce for COVID-19 in late April and early May. At least 20 employees tested positive, most of them were residents of other states, according to the city of San Angelo.

The contractor at the time decided to conduct a health and safety stand down to allow time to test all employees. All employees were instructed to stay home until negative test results were received.

The solar farm is west of San Angelo and spans roughly 1,700 acres. The company does not have a local headquarters.

"We're pleased to continue our expansion of solar energy resources in Texas, which is experiencing an increasing demand for power," said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Renewables. "The Rambler Solar project will bring significant economic benefit to the state and generate clean energy to meet the area's growing energy needs."

Duke Energy Renewables acquired the Rambler Solar project in September 2019 from Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, Inc.

"Texas is one of the largest and fastest-growing solar markets in the U.S., where the energy landscape is changing rapidly. We are proud to partner with Duke Energy Renewables in the Rambler Solar project to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy to local communities and look forward to contributing more high-quality solar projects in this important market," said Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar.

The energy generated from the Rambler Solar project is being sold to a customer under a 15-year agreement. The 200-MWac project contains more than 733,000 Canadian Solar high-efficiency bifacial modules. Rambler Solar will power the equivalent of 40,000 homes.

Duke Energy Renewables will provide long-term operations and maintenance services to the project.

The project employed approximately 400 workers during peak construction. Along with indirect economic benefits that accompany solar project development – such as increased local spending in the service and construction industries – Rambler will also directly provide several million dollars to Tom Green County and to the local school district over the 40-year life of the project.

Duke Energy currently owns, operates and contracts more than 8,000 MW of capacity and plans to double that by 2025.

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