175-MW Pilot Hill wind project attains commercial operation

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) reported Nov. 18 that the 175-MW Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois reached commercial operation on Sept. 26.

EDF has a 20-year contract to provide 100% of the energy needs for the Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) data center in Illinois.

The Project, located 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Kankakee and Iroquois counties, commenced construction of its 103 General Electric (NYSE:GE) wind turbines in September 2014. The facility will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 60,000 homes, according to US Energy Information Administration. As a result, this project will prevent approximately 374,000 metric tons of new greenhouse gas emissions per year, the equivalent of the annual emissions from approximately 79,000 passenger vehicles.

“EDF Renewable Energy is proud to partner with Microsoft to power its Illinois data center with 100% renewable energy, through the Pilot Hill Wind Project,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. “Corporate America is increasingly turning to renewable energy to power its business operations, based both on consumer preferences and because renewable energy simply makes good business sense from a cost standpoint,” Pfaff said.

“Microsoft is excited to see renewable energy from Pilot Hill coming on line,” said Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist at Microsoft. “We are strong supporters of green power, and projects like Pilot Hill are one way we are meeting our commitment to powering our data centers and operations with renewable energy.”

EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 6 GW of wind, solar, biomass, and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

EDF Renewable Energy is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles SA. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world.

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