March 8 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables North America has agreed to sell the output of the 250-MW Jacksonville 5 solar complex in Florida to regional utility JEA, the developer said on Thursday.
The parties have signed five separate power purchase agreements (PPAs) for each of the five 50-MW projects in the city of Jacksonville included in the project. The combined output of the plants is expected to be enough to meet the demand of over 48,500 local households and offset almost 448,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
The projects were selected following a “highly competitive procurement process” held by JEA last year. Once they are completed, they will support JEA’s SolarMax programme, under which it supplies large commercial and industrial users, and will make solar account for 5% of the municipal utility’s total energy production.
“The Jacksonville 5 Solar Project represents one of the largest and most ambitious distributed generation solar efforts taken on by any utility company in the United States [..],” said Myles Burnsed, vice president of strategic developments for EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions.
The project's capacity is 310 MW in direct current (DC).