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EDF Renewables North America has signed five power purchase agreements (PPA) to sell the output of the 250MW Jacksonville 5 solar project in Florida, US, to JEA.

The project comprises five 50 MWac distributed generation projects, which will be constructed across the City of Jacksonville.

They were selected last year following a highly competitive procurement process held by JEA.

JEA energy and water planning vice-president Steve McInall said: “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 programme, which will allow large commercial and industrial users (over seven million kilowatt-hours per year) to obtain their electricity from large solar facilities. This will help to retain and attract green businesses to Jacksonville.”

“These new projects benefit the community by giving us price security for clean energy through a long-term PPA with EDF Renewables.”

JEA managing director and CEO Aaron Zahn said that solar energy will constitute about 5% of the company’s total energy production.

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EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions Strategic Developments vice-president Myles Burnsed 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.”

EDF Renewables aims to offer fully integrated energy solutions incorporating wind, solar, storage, electric vehicle charging and energy storage management at the grid-scale, as well as distributed level.

The expected electricity generated from the project would be enough to meet the consumption of more than 48,500 average homes in Florida.