EDF Renewable Energy has announced its new 140MW Pacific Wind Project in US has commenced operation with the supply of electricity to the regional transmission grid.
Located in California's Kern County, the project has been developed by EDF Renewable Energy. The company also owns the project which will deliver clean electricity into the CAISO transmission system.
San Diego Gas and Electric Company generation portfolio will benefit from the electricity generated at the wind project under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The Kern County project consists of REpower MM92 turbines and it is expected to supply electricity to about 56,000 customers in the region.
The company said it has closed financing for the project, whose operations and maintenance services will be provided by EDF Renewable Services, via a sale-leaseback transaction.
EDF Renewable Energy Southwest Region vice president Mark Tholke said that the new project offers significant environmental and economic benefits to the county.
"Policy support, such as California's 33% mandate for renewable energy and the federal Production Tax Credit, are critical to level the playing field and provide for a stable wind industry that continues to produce jobs and tax revenues to local economies," Tholke added.
"This project, according to an economic impact study, is expected to generate over $300 Million in total economic benefits for Kern County businesses, government, and households over the life of the project."