January 18 (Renewables Now) - Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has inked a couple of deals that will support the construction of a 50-MW DC/40-MW AC solar park in its home state and an 8-MW wind park in Texas.
The university says in a statement that the two projects, once completed, will offset 100% of its annual electricity use at the campus. The solar park alone will cover 70%. Brown has picked the projects from a pool of proposals submitted by more than 30 developers across the country.
Providence-based Energy Development Partners (EDP) will purchase the land and develop the particular solar project in collaboration with Constellation, a subsidiary of US energy provider Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC). The solar plant will be built on a former gravel pit in North Kingstown. This will be Rhode Island’s highest-capacity contiguous solar generation project, according to Brown. The university has signed a 25-year energy services agreement for that scheme.
The announcement did not give more information about the wind project in Texas, except that it will be developed in cooperation with another energy services provider.
A specific timeframe for the construction of the two facilities will be determined based on further discussion among the parties.