By Editors of Power Engineering
EDF Renewable Energy announced commercial operations at the Great Western Wind Project, a 225-MW development in the Oklahoma panhandle.
Energy generated by Great Western will be sold to Google under a long-term power purchase agreement.
“The success of the wind industry in 2016 can be attributed in part to corporate purchasers, like Google, who demonstrate their commitment to affordable renewable energy,” said Tristan Grimbert, CEO of EDF Renewable Energy. “Their participation to directly procure wind power, along with the Production Tax Credit, benefits Americans through manufacturing job creation, energy independence and support to American farmers.”
The power purchase agreement was announced in December 2015 as part of Google’s presence at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The two companies began working together in 2012 with a $200 million equity investment in EDF’s Spinning Spur Wind Project in Oldham County, Texas. Google now has commitments to purchase 2.6 GW of renewable energy.
Great Western consists of 30 V117 turbines with a capacity of 3.3 MW each, and 63 V100 turbines with a capacity of 2 MW each.