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EDF Renewable Energy begins operations at Pacific Wind in California

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 September 2012

EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco, has begun operations at its 140MW Pacific Wind Project in Kern County, California.

The project, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas and Electric Company, will supply carbon-free electricity to the regional transmission grid via the CAISO transmission system.

The project has the capacity to generate electricity enough for 56,000 consumers.

Additionally, EDF has completed project financing through a sale-leaseback transaction with Bankers Commercial Corp, Citibank, NA and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, thereby closing over $4bn in financing facilities over the past decade.

EDF Renewable Energy southwest region vice president Mark Tholke said that policy support, such as California's 33% mandate for renewable energy and the federal Production Tax Credit, are critical for the wind industry.

"This project, according to an economic impact study, is expected to generate over $300 Million in total economic benefits for Kern County businesses, government, and households over the life of the project," he added.

The Pacific Wind project runs on REpower MM92 turbines.