RWE Renewables has finalised a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power Company in the US.
Under the deal, RWE Renewables will supply clean energy to Georgia Power from its 195.5MW broken spoke solar facility from 2021.
The solar facility is located in the south-west corner of the state of Georgia and will cover an area of 1,575-acres. It will be equipped with 650,000 solar panels.
RWE Renewables Americas Onshore Wind and Solar Photovoltaics (PV) COO Silvia Ortin said: “RWE is driving the expansion of renewable energy on four continents. The PPA with Georgia Power is just one example of RWE’s strong focus on the US market.
“As of now, we have 3.3GW of installed capacity in the US plus an additional 1.4GW onshore wind and photovoltaic under construction.
“With a development pipeline of more than 10GW, our strategy for renewables in the US is geared to grow. The broken spoke solar plant will mark our first solar facility in Georgia and our largest solar project in the US to date.”
Atlanta-based Georgia Power is an investor-owned public utility company, which serves more than 2.6 million customers in the US. It is a subsidiary of the Southern Company.
RWE North America Asset Commercialisation head Christoph Hunfeld said: “Broken spoke solar will include a 40MW two-hour energy storage system, enabling firm delivery of energy from the facility.
“This integrated solar plus storage facility will increase energy delivery during peak demand times and simplify integration of locally produced energy into the Georgia Power grid.”
In February, the European Commission (EC) unconditionally approved RWE’s plan to acquire E.ON and Innogy’s renewables operations.
The German Federal Cartel Office has also approved RWE’s acquisition of a 16.7% share in E.ON.
RWE Renewables is a subsidiary of Germany-based RWE Group,