Repsol completes construction of 637MW Texas PV plant

The Frye Solar project, which Repsol says is its “largest” PV plant to date, currently has 570MW of its 637MW capacity in operation. Image: Repsol/Flickr.

Spanish oil major Repsol has completed construction on a 637MW solar PV project in Swisher County, Texas.

The Frye Solar project, which Repsol says is its “largest” US PV plant to date, has gone online with 570MW of its 637MW capacity in operation – following the completion of construction, Repsol did not confirm when the remaining 67MW would come online.

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Unlock unlimited access for 12 whole months of distinctive global analysis

Photovoltaics International is now included.

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Unlimited digital access to the PV Tech Power journal catalogue
  • Unlimited digital access to the Photovoltaics International journal catalogue
  • Access to more than 1,000 technical papers
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

The site has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) in place for 89% – or around 566MW – of the projects total output. Repsol did not reveal the beneficiary of the PPA.

It has deployed around 1,000,000 solar modules for the project, though the company also failed to reveal the technology, configuration or supplier for these. PV Tech has contacted Repsol for confirmation.

Repsol entered the US solar market in 2021 with a 40% share acquisition of solar and energy storage project developer Hecate Energy. At the time of the deal, Hecate had a 40GW US renewable energy project pipeline.

Later in 2021, Repsol raised its long-term targets for renewables project development; the company is now targeting 20GW of deployed projects by 2030.

Much of its solar PV activity has been in its native Spain. In July 2023 the company secured €575 million (US$614 million) from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support 1.1GW of new renewables in Spain. It has also signed a supply agreement with Spanish solar tracker manufacturer Soltec for 300MW of Spanish projects.

Elsewhere, May 2023 saw Repsol power up the first phase of a 596MW Chilean PV plant through a joint venture (JV) with renewables company Ibereólica Renovables Group, and the same month it announced a plan for 825MW of Italian solar PV.

In its Q4 2023 financial results, Repsol posted €1,195 million (US$1,276 million) in adjusted income – €16 million (US$17.08 million) of this came from renewable energy generation, or around 1.3% of total income.  

8 October 2024
San Francisco Bay Area, USA
PV Tech has been running an annual PV CellTech Conference since 2016. PV CellTech USA, on 8-9 October 2024 is our second PV CellTech conference dedicated to the U.S. manufacturing sector. The event in 2023 was a sell out success and 2024 will once again gather the key stakeholders from PV manufacturing, equipment/materials, policy-making and strategy, capital equipment investment and all interested downstream channels and third-party entities. The goal is simple: to map out PV manufacturing in the U.S. out to 2030 and beyond.
26 November 2024
Málaga, Spain
Understanding PV module supply to the European market in 2025. PV ModuleTech Europe 2024 is a two-day conference that tackles these challenges directly, with an agenda that addresses all aspects of module supplier selection; product availability, technology offerings, traceability of supply-chain, factory auditing, module testing and reliability, and company bankability.

Read Next

May 24, 2024
Ørsted has closed a US$680 million tax equity financing with JP Morgan for a solar project, alongside a solar-plus-storage project.
May 24, 2024
US power distribution company Entergy Louisiana has received approval from the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) to add up to 3GW of solar PV.
May 24, 2024
Indian solar installations increased by over 400% in the first quarter of 2024 to the highest quarterly deployment levels in its history.
May 24, 2024
US independent power producer Pivot Energy and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian have partnered to build 60MW of community solar in Illinois, US.
May 23, 2024
Spanish firm Acciona Energía has commissioned its 458WM Red-Tailed Hawk PV project in the US state of Texas.
May 23, 2024
The flurry of recent tariff changes for solar imports to the US is likely to make products from Southeast Asia less attractive to buyers, according to renewables analysis firm Clean Energy Associates (CEA).

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
May 29, 2024
11am (EDT) / 5pm (CEST)
Solar Media Events
June 4, 2024
London, UK
Upcoming Webinars
June 11, 2024
3:00 PM (BST) / 4:00 PM (CEST)
Solar Media Events
July 2, 2024
Athens, Greece