Danish developer Eurowind Energy has entered the US market with a 2.7GW pipeline of wind and solar PV projects in California and Texas.
It is also considering whether to pursue power-to-X technologies – whereby renewable energy is used to produce hydrogen, ammonia or other fuel sources – in the US, but has made a strategic decision not to target offshore wind.
Eurowind Energy is developing three onshore wind-solar PV hybrid projects in California alongside German firm Wind Works Power, with a combined generating capacity of 2.4GW and total grid capacity of 800MW.
The developer may also use battery storage at these three projects.
Eurowind Energy noted that in Denmark it is already building hybrid projects where wind and solar share the same grid connection, with the combined generation capacity well above the grid capacity. But because wind and solar tend to peak at different times, this is not an issue, a spokesman explained.
The companies are also working together on two solar projects in Texas with a combined capacity of up to 330MW.
They could start construction of the two standalone solar projects in 2022, Eurowind Energy stated.
The companies have not confirmed how capacity will be split between wind, solar or battery storage at its California hybrid projects.
Jens Rasmussen, Eurowind Energy CEO, described the US market as “commercially attractive”. “With the experience we have built up during the past 15 years, we believe that we now have the necessary competences and knowledge to become a central part of the US market,” he added.
Eurowind Energy has established a subsidiary company in the US – Eurowind Energy USA LLC – and plans to set up an office in California in 2022.
Bo Schøler, who had been country manager for Denmark at Eurowind Energy, will lead the US team.
Schøler will be replaced in Denmark by Jesper Houe, who had previously been the team manager for Eurowind Energy’s Danish division.