SunEdison breaks ground on Seven Sisters solar projects in Utah

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) announced April 8 the groundbreaking for the 22.6-MW (dc) Seven Sisters solar project in Southern Utah.

The Seven Sisters are seven separate solar plants, four of which are located in Beaver County and three in Iron County. PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power will purchase the electricity under seven separate 20-year power purchase agreements. These projects are on the Call Right Projects List for TerraForm Power Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants. SunEdison anticipates offering these projects to TerraForm Power for investment upon completion.

“We are excited to be breaking ground today for the Seven Sisters solar project,” said Paul Gaynor, Executive Vice President of North America Utility and Global Wind at SunEdison. “These solar power plants will provide significant economic and environmental benefits for the people of Utah.”

“We are pleased that the world’s largest renewable energy developer has chosen to build these clean energy power plants in Utah,” said Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “These SunEdison projects will produce significant construction job opportunities and meaningful property tax enhancements in Iron and Beaver Counties, while helping resource diversification – both geographic and technological – underway in the West.”

Operation and maintenance of the solar 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 in the United States, with additional offices around the world.

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