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    Enbridge commissions solar project on TETCO system


Pennsylvania array is the second on the TETCO pipeline

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Enbridge commissions solar project on TETCO system

Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge said May 20 it had commissioned the 2.5 MW Heidlersburg solar project in Pennsylvania to help power its Texas Eastern Transmission (TETCO) natural gas pipeline.

The 8,190-panel array is the third Enbridge has brought into service as part of its solar self-power programme, a key component of its ambition to reach net-zero by 2050.

“The Heidlersburg solar project is just the second of its kind in the US and tangibly demonstrates the complementary nature of natural gas and renewables,” said Caitlin Tessin, Enbridge’s director of market information.

Heidlersburg follows the commissioning in September 2020 of the 2.25 MW Lambertville solar project in New Jersey – which also supplies power to the TETCO system – and the 10.5 MW Alberta Solar One project in western Canada, which was commissioned in April to provide power to the Enbridge crude oil mainline.

Next up are three recently-sanctioned solar projects on Enbridge’s crude oil and liquids pipelines: Adams (6.9 MW), Vesper (8.8 MW) and Portage (8 MW) in Wisconsin and Flanagan (10 MW) in north-central Illinois. In all, it’s identified 15-20 solar projects for potential development along its natural gas and liquids transmission networks through 2023.

“Enbridge is focused on the energy transition – and we’re advancing projects across our system to green our operations and reduce our carbon intensity,” chief sustainability officer Pete Sheffield said. “The Heidlersburg solar project is part of a broader program…we’re advancing other initiatives across North America to generate more of the energy that powers our operations from renewable resources.”

(Banner photo: Lambertville solar project, courtesy Enbridge)