EDF’s Hereford Wind project in Texas achieves commercial operation

EDF Renewable Energy said Jan. 22 that the 200-MW Hereford Wind Project in Texas reached commercial operation on Dec. 22, 2014.

In addition to that, tax equity financing for the project has closed with BNY Mellon and MUFG Union Bank N.A. Financial details were not disclosed.

Located in Deaf Smith County, southeast of the town of Hereford, the project commenced construction of 54 General Electric 1.85-MW and 50 Vestas V100 2.0-MW wind turbines in November 2013. The project feeds into the CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zone) transmission infrastructure which enables the high electricity demand areas in the state to access the strong low-cost renewable generation resources of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle. The power is sold into the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) power market and covered by a long-term, fixed-price hedge agreement for a portion of the expected energy production.

“The decision to build the Hereford project in mid-2013 was critical to anchor EDF Renewable Energy’s 2014 and 2015 project pipeline. We leveraged the excellent development done by Lincoln Renewable Energy along with our financial and development strength with our first-tier equipment supplier and contractor relationships to successfully build the project on-time,” said Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewable Energy. “With the Hereford project in operation, the Group’s installed capacity since entering the Texas market in 2012 reaches 672 MW with another 394 MW in construction.”

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 (OCC). The OCC provides an 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 9 GW of renewable energy projects across North America.

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 North American portfolio consists of 5.5 GW of developed projects with 3.1 GW of installed capacity throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. EDF Renewable Energy is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world.

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