J-Power USA, Fortress to Jointly Convert Retired Coal Facility into New Solar and Storage Facilities

J-Power USA Development Co Ltd and funds managed by affiliates of investment manager Fortress Investment Group have agreed to jointly pursue the development of Birchwood Solar, a 50 MWac solar plant, and Birchwood Storage, a 190 MWac, energy storage facility.

April 05, 2021. By Manu Tayal

J-Power USA Development Co Ltd and funds managed by affiliates of investment manager Fortress Investment Group have agreed to jointly pursue the development of Birchwood Solar, a 50 MWac solar plant, and Birchwood Storage, a 190 MWac, energy storage facility. 

These projects would convert Birchwood Power, a coal plant which has been in operation since November, 1996, into facilities that will generate and store clean renewable energy.

Birchwood is J-Power USA’s 3rd solar project in development and part of its new initiative to add renewable generation to its existing portfolio.  

By re-purposing a coal-fired power plant as carbon free solar and energy storage facilities, the company aimed to continue to deliver reliable electricity generation to the marketplace. 

This project is expected to benefit from existing transmission infrastructure, which will be used for the new solar and storage generation.  It will also enable the company to continue its long-term partnership with the local community.

With the decommissioning of Birchwood Power, J-Power USA’s only coal-fired plant, its portfolio will now consist exclusively of clean, efficient and reliable natural gas and renewable energy.

The company and its affiliates now interested in operating, construction and development of power generating facilities, aggregating approximately 7,000 MW. 

Commenting on the development, Mark Condon, President and CEO of J-Power USA, said “this is an exciting opportunity to take a former coal plant site and transform it into an emission free, clean energy facility.”

“This project is part of J-Power USA’s plan to increase our renewable portfolio and continue our efforts to build a cleaner sustainable energy future,” Condon added.

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