TX - Port of Corpus Christi working to develop its 1st solar farm
Texas-based Port of Corpus Christi has set sights on its first solar farm in the 100-year history of the energy exporting port.
The port authority is partnering with Buckeye Partners, L.P. on an 81,000+ panel project that will be located in San Patricio County on Port of Corpus Christi property near Midway Junction.
Specifically, on August 16th, the port commissioners approved a lease agreement that provides Buckeye with a two-year development term to evaluate the feasibility of constructing the solar farm project on 136.69 acres of port-owned property.
North of the proposed lease premises are 112 acres, owned by Buckeye, yielding a combined acreage of 248 acres available to construct the farm, which will have the capacity to produce 88,000 MWh of electricity per year.
Commercial operations of the solar farm are tentatively scheduled to begin in Q4 2025.
“This is an exciting day for the Port of Corpus Christi as this lease agreement reinforces our commitment not only to embrace renewable energy developments we have long made a priority, but to solidify the port as a thought leader in the global energy marketplace, with the support of our partners at Buckeye,” said Sean Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi.
“Buckeye is privileged to invest and work across South Texas, and we’re excited to help grow the region’s economy while diversifying our energy and lower-carbon solutions,” said Todd Russo, Chief Executive Officer for Buckeye Partners, L.P.
As one of the major U.S. crude oil export ports, the Port of Corpus Christi is the largest port in the United States in total revenue tonnage. However, the port has embraced energy transition trends and is working on several projects to complement activities in the traditional forms of energy.
As part of its diversification plans, the port has engaged in initiatives related to hydrogen production and carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS).