Wind farm

EDF Renewable Energy has announced that its 102.5MW Shiloh IV Wind Project in Solano County, California will go online in December 2012.

The company, formerly known as enXco, celebrated the development and construction of the wind project this week with a blade signing ceremony.

A total of 50 2.05MW REpower turbines were installed at the wind farm, replacing or removing about 235 Kenetech 100kW turbines that were originally installed in 1989.

EDF Renewable Energy president and CEO, Tristan Grimbert, said that the development of renewable energy could provide economic benefits to the country with the support of policy makers, companies, landowners and community leaders.

Under a 25-year contract, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a unit of US-based PG&E Corp, will purchase the electricity at the wind farm to power over 40,000 homes in the region.

Fong Wan, Pacific Gas and Electric Company senior vice president of Energy Procurement, said: "Shiloh IV continues to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to provide PG&E’s customers with sustainable green power today and as California marches forward into a clean energy future."

Congressman John Garamendi said: "Renewable energy projects like Shiloh IV are paramount to creating regional jobs, helping local businesses and building long-term economic stability."

EDF Renewable Energy, which developed and built the Shiloh IV wind project, will provide operations and maintenance services for the life of the project.

Shiloh IV Wind Project is the largest project in the US to undergo repowering from older technology to a newer one for generation of clean energy.

EDF Renewable Energy Southwest Region vice president, Mark Tholke, said: "Policy support, such as California’s 33% mandate for renewable energy and the federal Production Tax Credit, are critical for a stable wind industry focused on continued technological improvement."

Image: The 102.5MW Shiloh IV Wind Project in Solano County, California features REpower turbines. Photo: courtesy of Olivier Tétard.