EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), the North American subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency for the 100 MW Stoneray wind farm.
The project is located in Pipestone and Murray counties in southwest Minnesota. Comprising 50 turbines, the wind farm is expected to start construction at the beginning of 2018 and be commissioned in winter 2018-2019. At the wind farm’s full capacity, the expected generated electricity will be enough to meet the annual energy consumption of up to 47,000 average Minnesota homes, says EDF RE.
EDF RE anticipates creating 150-plus construction jobs and 10 long-term, full-time positions from the project.
According to the company, the U.S. represents a major market for the EDF Group, which aims to double its renewable energy capacity by 2030.