ESCONDIDO CA. (February 26, 2009): enXco – an EDF Renouvelables Company (PARIS: EEN) officially dedicates the Shiloh II Wind Project today marking the completion of development and construction on California’s newest wind project located in the Montezuma Hills Wind Resource Area of Solano County. The 150 MW project is six times larger than the only other wind project built in California in 2008. Commercial operation was declared earlier this month.
Shiloh II Wind Project, developed and owned by enXco, consists of 75 REpower 2 MW turbines, and is the largest global installation of the REpower MM92 turbine. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will purchase the power generated under a 20-year power purchase agreement providing approximately 74,000 customers with clean electricity. The project stretches over 6,100 acres of farmland, 98% of which remain usable for farming and ranching. enXco Service Corporation will provide operations and maintenance services.
Shiloh II comes as a result of four years of dedication and collaboration by enXco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Solano County, and Travis Air Force Base; as well as landowners and the community leadership of Rio Vista. “Shiloh II represents some of our best work as a team, and recognition goes to enXco’s Development and O&M employees, PG&E, Mortenson, REpower, the State of California, and local communities and landowners for making this project a reality. We further extend our gratitude to our financial team and partners whose diligent work brought this notable transaction to completion, even during these turbulent times in the financial sector,” stated Tristan Grimbert, president & CEO of enXco.
Shiloh II is enXco’s most recent contribution to California’s clean energy future. “With a strong pipeline of wind and utility-scale solar projects, enXco is the most active renewable energy developer in California and we look forward to partnering with CA utilities to meet their obligations under the aggressive 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard,” stated Mark Tholke, director of enXco’s southwest region. enXco developed over 60% of the total new installed wind capacity since the 2002 passage of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
“Wind energy plays a significant part in PG&E’s objective to build a diverse renewable portfolio for our customers,” said Roy Kuga, vice president of energy supply for PG&E. “Over 20% of our future energy deliveries are contracted to come from renewable resources, and we will continue to aggressively add renewables to our power mix, drawing on a variety of clean resources and technologies.”
Steve Dayney, CEO for REpower USA adds “REpower is pleased to have been chosen to participate on the Shiloh II project. We’d like to thank our employees and the rest of the team that worked on this project and appreciate being able to contribute to California’s renewable energy goals.”
The official dedication ceremony will take place today at 12:30pm at the Shiloh II Wind Plant in Rio Vista, CA with special guests General Wesley K. Clark (ret.), California Senator Alex Padilla, California Senator Lois Wolk, California Assembly Member Felipe Fuentes, and Michael R. Peevey, President of the CPUC, as well as local officials and representatives from enXco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Repower, and Mortenson. Turbine tours available for the press start at 11:00am or at the conclusion of the ceremony at 1:30pm.