EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), a subsidiary of EDP Renewables SA, has secured a 139 MW, 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Facebook for the energy produced from its Headwaters II Wind Farm in Randolph County, Ind.
The Headwaters II Wind Farm, which totals 200 MW, is expected to begin operations in 2020. It will produce enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of more than 52,000 homes each year, says EDPR NA.
”Facebook is committed to finding new renewable energy projects on the same power grid for all of our facilities,” says Bobby Hollis, director of global energy at Facebook. “We’re excited to partner with EDP Renewables to help us meet our sustainability goals in the region.”
Through its Headwaters I Wind Farm, also located in Randolph County, EDP Renewables paid approximately $2.6 million in cumulative payments to local governments through 2017 since the project became operational in 2014. The addition of the Headwaters II Wind Farm will result in more tax payments for the county, the company notes.
”EDP Renewables is pleased to work with Facebook to help in meeting their sustainability goal of procuring renewable energy to support their operations,” says Joao Manso Neto, CEO of EDP Renewables. “Corporate purchasers, like Facebook, who purchase fixed, competitively priced renewable energy, have greatly contributed to the continued growth and success of the wind industry.”
The company currently operates 801 MW of wind energy projects in Indiana. With the completion of the 200 MW Meadow Lake VI Wind Farm in Benton County by the end of the year, EDPR will have 1 GW of operational capacity in the state.
“Indiana has long been a key market for EDP Renewables,” notes Miguel Prado, CEO of EDPR NA. “EDPR appreciates the tremendous support we receive from our stakeholders in Randolph County and looks forward to bringing more clean energy to the grid and economic benefits to the state.”