The plant represents the first six 60-hertz units to be in commercial operation in the U.S. It will supply peaking power to members of the San Bernard Electric Cooperative. The project includes a multiyear service agreement for the gen-sets. The plant will use no more water than a single residence. The plant will help provide flexibility to offset the volatility of the wind and solar resources in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
“The plant will not only serve the electrical needs of our membership when needed, but it also will be a merchant plant for others when not serving our needs,” said Billy Marricle, president and general manager of San Bernard. “This is a significant part of our power strategy going forward and provides us with protection from electricity exchange price spikes and the opportunity to increase the value of our cooperative.”
GE supplied the core equipment consisting of the six engines and the exhaust emission reduction systems, while Sky Global Partners contracted with Haskell to design and build the overall power plant.