EDF, others mark start-up of 1.1-MW carport solar project in California

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), MCE and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging celebrated May 12 the completion of construction on the 1.11 MWp/1 MW (ac) solar carport installation in California.

Local representatives and company officials assembled with members of the community and staff of the Buck Institute for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The solar carport, located on a 4-acre upper parking lot at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, is the largest solar PV facility in Marin County. The energy generated is delivered directly to MCE’s customers, including the Buck Institute, under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement.

This carport project is part of the larger 32.6 MWp/24 MW (ac) Cottonwood Solar contract signed between EDF Renewable Energy and MCE in 2011 and later acquired by Dominion Resources (NYSE: D). The Cottonwood Solar portfolio consists of three sites, two of which are ground-mount facilities located on private land in the central California counties of Kern and Kings that became operational in April 2015. Those other two projects are the 12-MW Goose Lake Facility in Kern County and the 11-MW City of Corcoran Facility in Kings County.

Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President for Development at EDF Renewable Energy, said during the ceremony: “Over the past decade or so, and within the past several years in particular, we have witnessed the coming of age of solar as an affordable, reliable source of energy for consumers, commercial and industrial customers, and utilities. We are proud to partner with MCE and the Buck Institute to develop solar installations that offer consumers the option to go green.”

Also participating was MCE CEO Dawn Weisz, who said about the project: “It’s a perfect example of our shared community values in action – new renewables leading to more jobs and priceless environmental benefits. It’s been a great partnership between the Buck Institute, EDF RE, and Cupertino Electric.

EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 8 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 out of France.

MCE is a not-for-profit, public electricity provider that gives customers the choice of having 50% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and hydroelectric at competitive rates.

The Buck Institute,based in Novato, California, is the U.S.’s first independent research organization devoted to Geroscience – focused on the connection between normal aging and chronic disease.

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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.