Municipal utility Jea and independent power producer EDF Renewables North America last week signed five Power Purchase Agreements (Ppas) for the 310-megawatt direct-current (MWdc)/250-megawatt alternating-current) MWac Jacksonville 5 Solar Project.
The project consists of five 50 MWac distributed generation projects to be constructed across the City of Jacksonville, Florida, Kallanish Energy reports.
“These new projects benefit the community by giving us price security for clean energy through a long-term PPA with EDF Renewables,” said Steve Mcinall, Jea’s vice president of Energy and Water Planning.
Mcinall added the new solar power providers will support Jea’s SolarMax program, which allows large commercial and industrial users (over 7 million kilowatt-hours per year) to obtain their electricity from large solar facilities.
“Our focus is to provide fully integrated energy solutions incorporating wind, solar, storage, electric vehicle charging and energy storage management at both the grid-scale and distributed level,” said Jamie Resor, CEO of EDF Renewables Distributed.
Once the project is completed, solar energy will constitute roughly 5% of Jea’s total energy production.
The expected electricity generated at full capacity by the project is enough to meet the consumption of more than 48,500 average Florida homes. This is equivalent to avoiding nearly 448,500 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 95,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year, according to Jea.