Shiloh wind repowering project dedicated

The largest wind repowering project in the country, with 50 larger turbines replacing 235 older ones, has been dedicated in Solano County, Calif.

EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco, dedicated the Shiloh IV Wind Project on Sept. 24 with a blade signing ceremony. The 102-MW wind project is expected to begin delivering electricity into the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (NYSE: PCG) generation portfolio in December 2012.

Shiloh IV Wind Project, located in Solano County, is the largest repowering project in the country. Approximately 235 Kenetech 100kW turbines originally installed in 1989 have been removed and replaced with 50 REpower turbines, each with a rated capacity of 2.05 MW.

EDF Renewable Energy developed, built and will own the Shiloh IV Wind Project while Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will purchase the power generated under a 25-year power purchase agreement. EDF Renewable Services will provide operations and maintenance services for the life of the project.

“The Shiloh IV project underscores the importance of technical innovation in the wind industry and its continual progress,” stated Mark Tholke, Vice President for EDF Renewable Energy’s Southwest Region. “We are pleased to be able to implement today’s state-of-the-art turbine technology to achieve more than four-times greater capacity and nearly 10-times more energy with minimal addition in land resources. Policy support, such as California’s 33% mandate for renewable energy and the federal Production Tax Credit, are critical for a stable wind industry focused on continued technological improvement.”

EDF Renewable Energy donated two Kenetech 100kW turbines to Rio Vista High School’s Renewable Energy Program for workforce development, to prepare students for careers in the green energy industry.

Shiloh IV is the direct result of the state’s support for renewable energy mandates and the federal government’s policies for tax credits to support renewablne energy development, the companies said. In the decade since California passed the landmark Renewable Portfolio Standards in 2002, EDF Renewable Energy has developed 1,183 MW of wind and solar projects throughout the state.

EDF Renewable Energy is a U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry. EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of over 4.5 GW of developed projects with 1.5 GW of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles.