October 8 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables Inc is seeking permission for the construction of a 350-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in New York state’s Niagara County that could be coupled with an energy storage facility.
Through its unit EDF Renewables Development, the renewables arm of France’s EDF SA (EPA:EDF) has applied for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, official documents on the New York state government’s website show.
The company’s proposal includes the installation of solar panels that will be capable of meeting the power demand of around 80,000 local homes, once operational. To be located in the towns of Hartland and Newfane, the Ridge View Solar Energy Centre is planned to begin commercial operations in 2024.
The PV power complex may be later equipped with a battery storage system of around 100-MW/400-MWh, the developer said.
EDF Renewables has also recently applied for a permit for the construction of another 350-MW solar park in New York, the Columbia Solar Energy Centre, to be located in the county of Herkimer.