EDF lines up 24-MW deal with Salesforce for Salt Fork Wind Project in Texas

EDF Renewable Energy said Jan. 25 that it has signed an agreement to supply Salesforce with 24 MW of wind energy from its Salt Fork Wind Project in Texas.

The Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) advances Salesforce’s commitment to power 100% of its global operations with renewable energy.

The project is located in the Texas Panhandle in Donley and Gray counties, east of Amarillo. The company said it has commenced construction of its total 174 MW of capacity and the project is expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2016. It will utilize the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas‘ CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zone) transmission infrastructure. Salt Fork will be comprised of 87 Vestas V100 (unit capacity of 2.0 MW) wind turbines.

In June 2015, it was announced that Garland Power & Light had signed a long-term PPA to purchase 150 MW of the electricity generated from the project, along with renewable energy credits (RECs).

“Salesforce was critical to making this project a reality and we are pleased to welcome the company to our growing portfolio of corporate purchasers and work with them to support their renewable energy goals,” said John Marchand, Vice President, Valuations and Transactions for EDF RE.

Salesforce joins EDF RE’s growing North America portfolio of corporate purchasers including Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Walmart and Yahoo!.

EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer. It specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: storage, biogas, biomass, hydro, and marine energy. EDF Renewable Energy’s North American portfolio consists of 7.8 GW of developed projects with 4.1 GW of installed capacity throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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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.