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EDF Renewables North America today announced the 6.652 megawatt (MWdc)/4.99 MWac, Pine Hill Solar Project is now operational. EDF Renewables developed, designed, and constructed the solar project; AEP OnSite Partners, an American Electric Power Company, is the owner and operator; while the electricity generated is provided to Providence Water.
Located on 24 acres on Pine Hill Road in Johnston, Rhode Island, the project expects to meet 100% of the energy demands for Providence Water, while also providing significant energy cost savings. EDF Renewables was awarded the contract under a competitive process and started construction activities in November 2019.
“The Pine Hill Solar project is another example of Providence Water’s pioneering of environmentally responsible initiatives. The project will provide long-term tax benefits to the local community as well as cost saving to rate payers,” said Rod Viens, Senior Vice President, EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions. “We were pleased to work in collaboration with AEP OnSite Partners to bring the project to completion during unique pandemic challenges on the construction process.”
“Investing in sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy is good for the bottom line of our environment and our rate payers,” said Xaykham Khamsyvoravong, Chairman of the Providence Water Supply Board. “The completion of the Pine Hill solar array means that 100 percent of Providence Water’s energy needs are now met by renewable energy sources. We are proud to reach this sustainability milestone that will benefit our environment while also producing an estimated $25 million in energy cost savings over the next 25 years.”
“We are proud to achieve commercial operations at our Pine Hill Solar project,” said Joel Jansen Chief Operating Officer of AEP OnSite Partners. “We see great value in supporting Providence Water Supply Board’s sustainability initiative through our commitment as a third-party owner and operator in serving clean renewable solar energy to this community.”
EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions is a part of EDF Renewables North America, a market leading independent power producer and service provider with 35 years of expertise in renewable energy. The Distributed Solutions group offers on-site clean energy for office buildings, load serving entities, corporates and industrials. The company delivers solar, storage and electric vehicle charging stations as an individual offering or as a full microgrid offering.