SAN DIEGO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EDF Renewable Energy today announced that the 5.86 MWp Lancaster Solar Project has reached commercial operation. EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) and Urban Green Technologies LLC (UGT), a utility-scale solar developer, signed the Membership Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement (MIPSA) in October 2013 and subsequently started the construction phase in December 2013.
The ground-mount fixed tilt solar photovoltaic project, located on approximately 30 acres of privately owned land at the former Shirley Airport, 50 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, is comprised of 19,000 Canadian Solar modules. The electricity generated is supplied to the Town of Billerica, Massachusetts under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement, pursuant to the State’s Virtual Net Metering Credits Program.
EDF Renewable Services 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 Renewable Services’ 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 Renewable Services is an industry leader, providing O&M services to more than 7.4 gigawatts of renewable energy projects across North America.
About EDF Renewable Energy:
EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of 4 gigawatts of developed projects with 1.9 gigawatts of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world. For more information visit: www.edf-re.com
About Urban Green Technologies:
Urban Green Technologies (UGT) is a utility scale solar developer based in Chicago, IL. UGT was started in 2010 and has closed 3 projects totaling 15.5 MW of solar projects in MA. Each of these projects will be operational in the summer of 2014. UGT has a nationwide pipeline of projects in different stages of development, with another 20 – 30 MW of solar projects in MA expected to come on line in 2015.