EDF starts construction on 6-MW Massachusetts solar project

EDF Renewable Energy on Dec. 17 announced the close of the Membership Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement (MIPSA) and start of construction for the Lancaster Solar Project in Massachusetts.

EDF Renewable Energy and Urban Green Technologies LLC (UGT), a utility-scale solar developer, signed the MIPSA in October. The 5.86-MWp ground-mount fixed tilt solar photovoltaic project is located at the former Shirley Airport, 50 miles northwest of Boston, Mass.

The power generated will be delivered to the Town of Billerica, Mass., under a long-term power purchase agreement, under the state’s Virtual Net Metering Credits Program. EDF Renewable Energy will develop, own and operate the project with commercial operation expected in spring 2014.

“EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to continue to deploy our solar development expertise in Massachusetts to help the Commonwealth achieve its ambitious goal of 1,600 MW of solar installations by 2020,” said Nader Jandaghi, Director of Commercial Solar for EDF Renewable Energy. “The Lancaster solar project adds to the Company’s 300+MWp development portfolio of both distributed generation and utility-scale solar projects across North America and will deliver cost-competitive renewable energy and economic benefits to the host communities.”

EDF Renewable Energy has also executed an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract with M+W U.S. Inc. M+W US will contract with Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. (GSAC) for project implementation.

EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of 4 GW of developed projects with 1.9 GW of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, which is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world.

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