EDF starts construction of 22.5 MW solar portfolio in ODEC territory

EDF Renewables

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) entered into an agreement with EDF Renewables North America in 2019 to develop a portfolio of local solar projects across the territories of ODEC’s 11 retail distribution cooperative members. Last week, construction started on the first phase of projects across the ODEC member service territories in Virginia and Delaware, totaling 22.5 MW representing.

“ODEC is thrilled to announce the commencement of construction for the first phase of our local solar projects,” said Marcus Harris, ODEC’s President and CEO. “We look forward to adding these clean energy projects to our portfolio as we work to achieve our carbon reduction goals while providing reliable and affordable power to the rural communities we serve.”

The total portfolio will add approximately 50 MW to several ODEC member communities while at the same time providing regional and energy diversification to the cooperative’s generation portfolio. The energy generated will be purchased by the cooperative at a fixed rate through Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).

The projects under construction include:

  • Monroe Solar Mecklenburg electric Cooperative 2.8 MWdc
  • Randolf Solar Shenandoah Valley electric Cooperative 4.2 MWdc
  • Hemmings Solar Northern Neck Electric Cooperative 6.5 MWdc
  • Smallmouth Bass Solar BRC Electric Cooperative 3.2 MWdc
  • Diamond State Solar Delaware Electric Cooperative 5.8 MWdc

“Our unique partnership with ODEC allows for the optimal siting of distribution-scale projects that can deliver maximum savings for ODEC’s members through locally sourced clean energy,” said Myles Burnsed, EDF Renewables, Vice President of Strategic Developments for Distribution-Scale Power. “We look forward to completing this first phase and are excited to continue our joint efforts to bring distributed solar to ODEC’s members.”

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