A Spanish-based renewable energy company has begun construction on a $258 million solar farm in Fort Bend County.

Construction began Friday on the farm in far west Fort Bend County, near Rosenberg, according to a news release from Spanish conglomerate Acciona.

The company will employ as many as 450 people in Fort Bend County during construction and the farm will create 12 full-time jobs to handle operations, according to the company.

Once complete, the solar farm will have a generating capacity of 317 megawatts, and will double Acciona’s renewable energy capacity in the United States, according to the news release.

“We expect Fort Bend to be the first of many, as Acciona expects to double its installed capacity in the U.S. by 2023,” said Joaquin Castillo, CEO of the company’s energy division in the country.

The company chose Fort Bend County because of its ample sun radiation, its vibrant, skilled and entrepreneurial community, a well-connected infrastructure and because of its proximity to the energy industry, said Mark Raventos, director of business development for Acciona Energy USA Global.

The state’s deregulated energy market also played a role, Raventos said. Power from the solar farm will feed into ERCOT’s grid.

The solar farm is not Acciona’s first venture in Texas. The company also owns and operates three wind farms across the state, totaling more than 400 megawatts of capacity, according to the company.

Acciona purchased the project back in 2020 from another company that develops global infrastructure, according to an article in Solar Power World. The company at the time committed to delivering 1,600 megawatts of new solar power across the country by 2023, according to the article.

Company officials hope the plant will be operational in 2022, according to the news release.

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