January 30 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables North America has been awarded a long-term contract from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its 170-MW Morris Ridge solar project under the state’s second large-scale renewables solicitation.
The competition was launched in April 2018 in support of New York’s goal of sourcing 70% of its electricity from renewables by 2030. The competitive round targeted up to 20 projects, possibly paired with battery storage capacity, which can add capacity capable of producing 1.5 million MWh of renewable electricity per year.
EDF Renewables said on Tuesday it expects that the Morris Ridge park, with a direct current (DC) capacity of 212 MW, will be switched on by end-2022. When working at full capacity, the plant will generate as much electricity as is needed to supply over 39,000 average New York homes, offsetting almost 140,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
During peak construction, the project will employ more than 200 people.