SunEdison to supply 150 MW of solar power to Texas city

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) will construct new solar plants in West Texas to supply the City of Georgetown with 150 MW of solar power for 25-years.

SunEdison said March 18 that these solar plants will be interconnected in 2016, and will provide over 9,500 gigawatt-hours of clean energy to Georgetown through 2041. Upon completion, SunEdison expects to offer this project for investment to TerraForm Power Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), its “yieldco” affiliate.

“SunEdison is very excited to be working with Georgetown Utility Systems to provide their customers with 100% renewable, clean energy,” said Paul Gaynor, Executive Vice President of North America Utility and Global Wind at SunEdison. “Georgetown is an exceptional city, and by going 100% renewable they will cut down on pollution, save water, and enjoy stable energy prices. They’re able to accomplish all of this without spending a penny up front with SunEdison’s power purchase agreement.”

“When Georgetown Utility Systems opted to seek new sources of power in 2012, we were charged with a mission to secure the most cost effective energy that balanced risk and reward,” said Jim Briggs, interim city manager for the city and general manager for utilities. “Georgetown Utility Services isn’t required to buy solar or other renewables – we did so because it will save on electricity costs and decrease our water usage.”

The power purchase agreement is one of the largest solar agreements in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) jurisdiction, and the largest utility-scale solar agreement that SunEdison has signed in Texas to date. SunEdison will construct the project and provide financing. Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

SunEdison manufactures solar technology and develops, finances, installs, owns and operates wind and solar power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison is one of the world’s largest renewable energy asset managers and provides asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services for its renewable energy customers around the world. Corporate headquarters are int he United States, with additional offices around the world.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.