EDF Renewables North America announced that its 100-MW Stoneray Wind Project is fully operational. Located in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota, the Project consists of 39 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens Gamesa. The electricity generated by the project will be delivered to Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) beginning in 2020 under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
“We are grateful for the community and landowners who backed the development of this project for several years,” said Kate O’Hair, VP of the Development-North Region. “This level of long-standing support, along with the State’s favorable regulatory environment, excellent wind resource, and advantageous transmission expansion, is vital to bringing wind projects to operation.”
EDF Renewables will perform asset management services, balance-of-plant, and 24/7/365 remote monitoring and diagnostics from its San Diego-based Operations Control Center during the equipment warranty period. Following the warranty period, the contract will expand to include all asset management, and operations and maintenance services to ensure operational performance, equipment availability and reduce downtime.
Stoneray marks EDF Renewables’ 12th wind project developed in Minnesota, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to investment, involvement, and employment in the state.
The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 47,000 average Minnesota homes. This is equivalent to avoiding more than 300,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 64,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.
EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 16 GW of wind, solar, storage, projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
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