Commercial, Solar - September 8, 2023
Plains All American Adds Solar in Illinois
Plains All American (Plains), a pipeline company, announced an agreement to construct a 6.6 MW DC solar facility and 5 MWh energy storage system at Plains’ Patoka Terminal in Vernon, Illinois.
The agreement was signed with Catalyze, a clean energy transition company that finances, builds, owns, and operates solar, battery storage, and electric vehicle charging systems for commercial and industrial customers.
The project will support Illinois' efforts to increase statewide usage of renewable energy by 2040. The financing for the project was partially supported by the Illinois Shines Program, which incentivizes the use of onsite solar for local businesses.
"We’re very excited by this opportunity to facilitate Plains’ continued efforts to deliver critical energy resources while lowering the carbon footprint of its operations through the use of solar and storage systems," said Catalyze Chief Commercial Officer Terrill Laughton in a statement. "These facilities will generate clean and economical energy for their local terminal operations.”
Under the agreement, Catalyze will build, own, and operate the solar-to-electrical conversion systems on 60 acres of leased land at the Plains Patoka Terminal, and Plains will purchase the clean energy generated to power operations at the facility under the 25-year agreement.