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EDF Energies Nouvelles acquires 175 MW wind project in the United-States, with a Power Purchase Agreement with Microsoft Corporation

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EDF Energies Nouvelles announced its US subsidiary EDF Renewable Energy has secured a 96% stake in the 175 MW Pilot Hill Wind Project from Orion Energy Group LLC and Vision Energy LCC. This project, located in Illinois, benefits from a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Microsoft Corporation.

Located 60 miles southwest of Chicago, the future wind farm will be connected to the grid that powers Microsoft’s Chicago area datacenter.

Physical construction on site is to commence shortly. The wind turbines will be supplied by General Electric (GE) and Vestas. Its entry into commercial operation is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.

“The participation of companies like Microsoft in renewable energy generation projects points to a growing trend of ‘blue chip’ organizations taking charge of their energy destiny by procuring directly, with a focus on both reducing their carbon footprint and controlling long-term energy costs. It is encouraging to see leading corporations investing in the US wind sector”, stated Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President for EDF Renewable Energy.

With 5.7 gigawatts of renewable projects developed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, EDF Energies Nouvelles is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America.

About EDF Energies NouvellesEDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in renewable energy electricity, with a portfolio of more than 9 GW gross installed capacity focused for the most part on wind (onshore and offshore) and solar photovoltaic energy. Mostly operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles continues its development by taking strong positions in promising emerging areas such as Brazil, Chile, China, India or South Africa. The Company is also present in other segments of the renewable energy market: marine energy, biomass and distributed energies. EDF Energies Nouvelles manages renewable energy projects’ development and construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own account and for third parties. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group dedicated to renewable energy.

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