250 MW Solar Power For Florida Municipal Utility

Florida’s Utility JEA Enters Long-Term Power Purchase Agreement With EDF Renewables North America For 250 MW AC (310 MW DC) Distributed Solar Power Generation Capacity
05:50 PM (Beijing Time) - 10. March 2019
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The Jacksonville 5 Solar Project was won by EDF Renewables North America in 2018 under a competitive procurement auction conducted by the JEA. Now, the 2 have signed a long-term PPA for the project. Pictured is the City Hall in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo Credit: www.goodfreephotos.com)

Key Takeaways

  • EDF Renewables North America has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with JEA of Florida for 250 MW AC (310 MW DC) solar power capacity
  • The North American arm of France’s EDF Group will develop this capacity as distributed generation solar power projects
  • To be located across the city of Jacksonville, the Jacksonville 5 Solar Project will be built in the form of 5 projects of 50 MW each

EDF Renewables North America will build 5 x 50 MW distributed generation solar power projects of 250 MW AC (310 MW DC) capacity for Florida municipal utility JEA in the city of Jacksonville. JEA will procure clean power from these projects under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Renewables.

“The Jacksonville 5 Solar Project represents one of the largest and most ambitious distributed generation solar efforts taken on by any utility company in the United States, and we are excited to have been selected as JEA’s partner on this project,” said EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions Vice President of Strategic Developments, Myles Burnsed.

EDF Renewables North America won the capacity in 2018 under what it calls was a highly competitive procurement process by JEA. The utility said the Jacksonville 5 Solar Project gives it price security for clean energy and will also support its SolarMax Program through which large commercial and industrial users using 7 million kWh of energy every day, can obtain their electricity from large solar facilities.

This will help to retain and attract green businesses to Jacksonville, said JEA’s Vice President of Energy and Water Planning, Steve McInall. On completion, these projects will make Jacksonville one of the top solar cities in the country.

In September 2018, EDF Energies Nouvelles announced its plan to acquire a 50% interest in distributed solar power generation company EnterSolar in the US through its subsidiary EDF Renewables North America (see EDF Renewables To Acquire 50% Stake In EnterSolar).

Lately, Jacksonville has made news globally as it has become home to JinkoSolar’s 400 MW module production fab (see JinkoSolar’s 400 MW US Module Fab Open).

Anu Bhambhani

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