Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) and EDF Renewables North America have entered a partnership to develop and build a 30-MWAC portfolio of distributed solar projects across ODEC member service territories in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. The projects are intended to bring local solar energy to ODEC member communities while at the same time providing regional and energy diversification to its generation portfolio. ODEC will purchase power from the projects at a fixed rate through a PPA thus providing energy cost surety for its members.
EDF Renewables was chosen as ODEC’s partner through a competitive RFP which was led and managed by National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO). Under the PPA, EDF Renewables will be responsible for the development of 10 to 12 prospective sites including all permitting requirements and approvals as well as the design, engineering and commissioning of the solar projects. The projects are expected to be operational mid-2020 through 2021.
“EDF Renewables is excited about our partnership with ODEC. We applaud ODEC and NRCO on pursuing a large distributed generation portfolio for ODEC’s members. EDF Renewables is a strong advocate of local solar energy and we continue to show that distributed generation portfolios can be a competitive option for cooperatives and utilities to consider when choosing to go solar,” said Myles Burnsed, VP of strategic developments, EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions.
“ODEC looks forward to this partnership and the opportunity to continue to grow our solar generation,” said Marcus Harris, president and CEO of ODEC. “Our cooperative is dedicated to expanding renewable energy generation as part of our commitment to providing our member owners with affordable, reliable, and sustainable power.”
“NRCO is pleased to work with ODEC and EDF Renewables to help facilitate the purchase of competitively priced solar energy for ODEC’s members. These distributed solar projects demonstrate ODEC’s strategic goal of bringing locally sourced renewable energy to its cooperative members. NRCO applauds ODEC’s leadership in working with its member Distribution Cooperatives to deploy these distributed solar facilities,” said Amadou L. Fall, CEO of NRCO.
News item from EDF Renewables