SAN DIEGO, (June 17, 2014) : EDF Renewables today announced that the 5.99 MWp Lepomis Solar Project, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, has reached commercial operation. EDF Renewables (EDF RE) and Sage Stone LLC, an international development and investment advisory company (www.sagestonellc.com) signed the Membership Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement (MIPSA) in July 2013 and subsequently started the construction phase in October 2013.
The ground-mount fixed tilt solar photovoltaic project is comprised of 20,000 Trina Solar modules and generates clean energy delivered to the Town of Wareham, Massachusetts under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement, pursuant to the State’s Virtual Net Metering Credits Program.
“Achieving commercial operation of our first renewable energy asset in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a key milestone for our company. EDF Renewables 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,” said Jim Schretter, Vice President of Development for EDF Renewables’ East Region. “With Lepomis, EDF RE has developed over 300 MWp of both distributed generation 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 – Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., for bringing the project safely to completion.”
EDF Renewables will provide long-term operations and maintenance for the facility, balance of plant, project oversight, and 24/7 remote monitoring from its NERC compliant Operations Control Center.
EDF Renewables’ Operations Control Center (OCC) manages renewable projects across North America. The OCC was designed to create a more efficient, reliable, and secure operating platform, while benefiting from the centralization of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) functions and consolidation of multiple vendor SCADA environments to provide a common operating view. EDF Renewables is an industry leader, providing O&M services to more than 7.4 gigawatts of renewable energy projects across North America.