EDF Renewables NA Bags Three Solar Contracts From NYSERDA

San Diego-headquartered independent power producer EDF Renewables North America announced yesterday that the company was awarded long-term contracts for three solar projects by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the 2020 Renewable Energy Standard Solicitation. Combined, the projects are expected to deliver a total of 303 MW of clean energy for the state by 2023.

The projects include: 1. Tracy Solar: 119 MWac sited on approximately 1,000 acres in the towns of Orleans and Clayton in Jefferson County, New York; 2. Moraine Solar: 94 MWac sited on approximately 650 acres in the Towns of Burns, Allegany County and Town of Dansville, Steuben County, New York. 3. Homer Solar: 90 MWac sited on approximately 600 acres in the Towns of Homer, Cortlandville, and Solon, Cortland County, New York.

EDF Renewables has been in the news since the beginning of 2021, making fresh announcements pertaining to renewable energy. In January, it revealed that it had fully acquired EnterSolar, a national provider of distributed generation solar solutions to corporate commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. In March, the firm announced the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the second tranche of the Space City Solar Project with an affiliate of Enterprise Products Partners for 100 MWac / 132 MWdc. EDF is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 20 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It claims to have placed into service over 1.6 GW of grid-scale and distributed solar since 2008, and by the end of 2022, expects to have over 3 GW of solar in service or under construction.

Speaking of the newly given contracts, Cory Basil, VP Development, Northeast Region for EDF Renewables, said that his team was thrilled to help achieve New York State’s target to achieve 70% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030. Basil added, “The region will benefit from procurement and employment opportunities throughout the development, construction and operational phases. Combined the projects will bring approximately 500 jobs during peak construction and contribute millions of dollars to the Counties, Towns and School Districts during the operational life of the projects.”

According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2019 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data and typical transmission assumptions, these projects’ expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of over 77,000 average New York homes. Going by U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations and typical transmission assumptions, this is equivalent to avoiding over 387,000 metric tons of carbon (CO₂) emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from over 84,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2.

Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA believes that EDF Renewables’ renewable energy projects reflect another concrete step toward meeting New York’s nation-leading clean energy goals. He said, “NYSERDA continues to work closely with the developers of these renewable projects, including EDF Renewables, to ensure the communities hosting these projects are engaged in the process and the responsible siting of these projects will not only help protect our environment and valuable agricultural lands, but benefit the state and local economy and its workers.”

Governed by a 13-member Board, NYSERDA is a public benefit cooperation (PBC), aiming to transform New York State’s energy model. Last month, it announced that it would repurpose the formerly mined land in St. Lawrence County into one of the largest solar projects in the Adirondack Park, with an expected capacity of 20 MW, through New York’s Clean Energy Resources and Development Incentive “Build-Ready” Program.

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Soumya Duggal

Soumya Duggal

Soumya is a master's degree holder in English, with a passion for writing. It's an interest she has directed towards environmental writing recently, with a special emphasis on the progress being made in renewable energy.

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