Carrying on developing its renewable energy activities in the United States, EDF Renewables is announcing on one side the signing of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for Jacksonville 5 Solar, consisting of five solar projects totaling 310 MWp (the equivalent of 250 MWac1) in capacity in the state of Florida, and on the other side, the commissioning of the 100 MW Stoneray wind farm, in the state of Minnesota.
These projects contribute to the EDF Group’s CAP 2030 strategy of doubling its worldwide renewable energy capacity in operation to more than 50 gigawatt (GW) net between 2015 and 2030.
Five PPAs covering 310 MWp solar capacity in Florida
The Jacksonville 5 Solar project, comprised of five solar projects, each with a unit capacity of 62 MWp, is located at sites across the City of Jacksonville.
Once commissioned, these renewable energy facilities will generate enough electricity to meet the annual energy needs of more than 48,500 Florida homes2.
EDF Renewables was selected by JEA, the local utility, in 2018 following a competitive tender process ; JEA will buy the power output under five long-term PPAs.
This large-scale project fits the JEA’s Solar Max Program which aims at encouraging major firms to consume renewable electricity and attracting green companies to Jacksonville.
Commissioning of a 100 MW wind farm in Minnesota
The Stoneray wind farm, located in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota, consists of 39 wind turbines.
The expected electricity generated at full capacity will be enough to meet the consumption of up to 47,000 Minnesota homes2.
The Stoneray wind farm benefits from a PPA signed with the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), which will begin in 2020.
During peak construction, over 150 jobs were created. O&M services of the wind farm are provided by EDF Renewables.
EDF Renewables has developed over 1.6 GW of wind and solar power capacity in Minnesota.
The company is among the largest renewable energy producers in North America with 16 GW gross of wind, solar and storage projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
1The contract covers an accurate capacity expressed in MWac, the standard measure of alternating current.
2According to US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Residential Energy Consumption.
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About EDF Renewables (previously EDF Energies Nouvelles)
EDF Renewables is a leading international player in renewable energies, with gross installed capacity of 13 GW worldwide. Its development is mainly focused on wind and solar photovoltaic power. EDF Renewables operates mostly in Europe and North America but is continuing to grow by moving into promising emerging regions such as Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the Middle East. The company has strong positions in offshore wind power, but also in other areas of the renewable energies industry such as energy storage. EDF Renewables develops, builds, operates and maintains renewable energies projects, both for itself and for third parties. EDF Renewables is the EDF Group subsidiary specialising in developing solar and wind power.