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Orsted takes FID on 471MW Mockingbird solar project



Orsted has taken a final investment decision to build the 471MW AC Mockingbird solar centre in Texas.


Construction is set to start this month and the project is expected to be completed in 2024.


Covering an area of 4900 acres, Mockingbird will be able to generate enough renewable energy to power more than 80,000 homes annually, making it the largest solar PV project in Orsted’s portfolio to date.

In addition, almost 1000 acres of land adjacent to Mockingbird solar centre will be donated to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to protect native prairie in north-east Texas.


David Hardy, CEO of Region Americas at Orsted, said: “Adding almost half a gigawatt to our portfolio, the decision to build Mockingbird represents an important milestone for our onshore business and for our expansion in solar PV.


“We look forward to building Mockingbird and for this project to start producing clean energy at a large scale. Mockingbird will achieve this while doing so in a way that prioritises conservation and our deep commitment to the communities we serve.”

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