Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) and EDF Renewables North America signed five power purchase agreements for the 310 MWdc / 250 MWac Jacksonville 5 Solar Project.
The solar project is comprised of five 50 MWac distributed generation projects to be constructed across the City of Jacksonville. The project was awarded in 2018 after a procurement process conducted by JEA.
Steve McInall, JEA’s vice president of Energy and Water Planning commented, “These new projects benefit the community by giving us price security for clean energy through a long-term PPA with EDF Renewables. They also will support JEA’s SolarMax program, which will allow large commercial and industrial users (over 7 million kWh per year) to obtain their electricity from large solar facilities. This will help to retain and attract green businesses to Jacksonville.”
Myles Burnsed, vice [resident of Strategic Developments for EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions said, “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, and we are excited to have been selected as JEA’s partner on this project.”
The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of more than 48,500 average Florida homes. This is equivalent to avoiding nearly 448,500 metric tons of carbon diozide emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 95,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.
A similar version of this story originally appeared in our sister publication, Electric Light & Power.