EDP Renewables, through its fully-owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America has secured an 80 MW 15-year power purchase agreement with California’s Salesforce for the energy produced from its Bright Stalk Wind Farm in McLean County, Illinois. This PPA is part of the 405 MW announcement EDPR issued on July 3, 2018.
The Bright Stalk Wind Farm will generate 205 MW from 58 turbines on approximately 5,000 acres of land. That is enough electricity to annually power approximately 71,000 average Illinois homes. The wind farm is also expected to create hundreds of full-time equivalent jobs during construction (expected to commence next year) and several permanent jobs during the life of the project. Bright Stalk Wind Farm is anticipated to be fully operational by the end of 2019 and will be EDP Renewables’ third operational wind farm in McLean County.
“This agreement is a huge step toward our goal of powering our operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2022, and we are excited to work with EDP Renewables on this urgent initiative,” said Patrick Flynn, vice president of sustainability, Salesforce.
“EDP Renewables is proud to partner with Salesforce to help in meeting its commendable commitment of powering its global operations exclusively by renewable energy sources,” said João Manso Neto, EDP Renewables CEO.