EDF Renewable Energy announces its Lepomis solar project, located in Plymouth Massachusetts, has now reached commercial operation. The energy generated goes to the town of Wareham, Massachusetts, under a long-term power purchase agreement.
EDF Renewable Energy and Sage Stone LLC (an international development and investment advisory company) signed the Membership Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement (MIPSA) for the 5.99 MWp Lepomis solar project in July 2013, and started construction in October 2013. Now, EDF has announced that the project, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, has reached commercial operation.
The project is a ground-mount fixed-tilt solar PV array with 20,000 Trina Solar modules. The energy generated goes to the town of Wareham, Massachusetts, under a long-term power purchase agreement, in accordance with the state’s virtual net metering credits program.
EDF Renewable Services, which provides O&M services to more than 7.4 GW of renewable energy projects across North America, will provide long-term operations and maintenance for the facility, balance of plant, project oversight, and 24/7 remote monitoring. This is all done from its Operations Control Center, which manages renewable projects, and is designed to create an efficient and reliable operating platform, with help from the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition.
“Achieving commercial operations of our first renewable energy asset in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a key milestone for our company,” said Jim Schretter, Vice President of Development for EDF Renewable Energy’s East Region. “EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to deploy our solar development expertise to help the state achieve its ambitious goal of 1,600 MW of solar installations by 2020. With Lepomis, EDF RE has developed over 300 MWp of both distributed and utility-scale solar projects across North America. We extend our appreciation to the community for their support of solar energy, and to our EPC partner — Ghrlicher Solar America Corp., for bringing the project safely to completion.”