Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) and EDF Renewables North America have entered a partnership to develop and build a 30 MW AC portfolio of distributed solar projects across ODEC member service territories in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
The projects are intended to bring local solar energy to ODEC member communities and provide regional and energy diversification to the co-op’s generation portfolio. ODEC will purchase energy from the projects at a fixed rate through a power purchase agreement (PPA), thus providing energy cost surety for its members.
EDF Renewables was chosen as ODEC’s partner through a request for proposals, which was led and managed by National Renewables Cooperative Organization Inc. Under the PPA, EDF Renewables will be responsible for the development of 10-12 prospective sites, including all permitting requirements and approvals, as well as design, engineering and commissioning. The projects are expected to become operational mid-2020 through 2021.
“ODEC looks forward to this partnership and the opportunity to continue to grow our solar generation,” says Marcus Harris, president and CEO of ODEC. “Our cooperative is dedicated to expanding renewable energy generation as part of our commitment to providing our member owners with affordable, reliable and sustainable power.”
“EDF Renewables is a strong advocate of local solar energy, and we continue to show that distributed generation portfolios can be a competitive option for cooperatives and utilities to consider when choosing to go solar,” adds Myles Burnsed, vice president of strategic developments for EDF Renewables distributed solutions.