Aiming to be the leading energy delivery company in North America, Enbridge has broken new ground by supplying solar energy to power the compressor stations which keeps natural gas flowing across the United States. The greening of pipeline operations is key to the company's plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas GHG emissions by 2050.
To this end Enbridge is showcasing the Heidlersburg Solar Project, a state-of-the-art solar energy facility located in Tyrone Township, Pennsylvania that will help to green its natural gas pipeline operations.
The solar plant will produce 2.5 megawatts (MW) of solar energy for the Heidlersburg Compressor Station, offsetting a portion of the station’s electric load and helping power the compressor units that keep gas flowing along our cross-continent Texas Eastern Transmission pipeline.
Riding the heels of the first such project of its kind, the Lambertville Solar Project in New Jersey, which entered service in October 2020 and supplies 2.25 MW of green energy along the Texas Eastern right-of-way, the second project in the program "tangibly demonstrates the natural gas-renewables partnership and will help pave the way for our natural gas pipeline operations to be even more environmentally focused, further solidifying Enbridge’s role as an industry leader in a sustainable lower-carbon reality,” says notes Caitlin Tessin, Enbridge’s Director of Market Innovation.
The gas / renewables combination is set to be featured as an integral part of an affordable, reliable, lower-carbon future. Enbridge is advancing the development of similar facilities at several other locations along our gas transmission network, which are expected to come into service over the next two to three years.