SPEARVILLE, KS--(Marketwire - Oct 25, 2012) - EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco, and KCP&L celebrate the commissioning of the Spearville 3 Wind Project today with a dedication ceremony. The 100.8 MW (installed capacity) wind project began delivering carbon-free electricity into the KCP&L generation portfolio earlier this month.
EDF Renewable Energy developed and built the Spearville 3 Wind Project, while KCP&L will purchase the power generated under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The project, consisting of 63 General Electric (GE) XLE turbines, generates enough electricity to supply approximately 40,000 average homes with renewable energy. EDF Renewable Services, formerly enXco Service Corporation, will provide operations and maintenance services.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was also on hand for the dedication.
"The creation of new jobs, spurring investment and technological innovation while helping revitalize our rural parts of Kansas are top priorities of my Administration," said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. "The Spearville 3 Wind Farm developed by EDF Renewable Energy is an outstanding example of the confluence of these objectives. I also applaud Kansas City Power & Light for its support of the Spearville 3 Wind Project as a way to provide a diverse and affordable power supply to its customers."
"The development of renewable energy is a critically important task for the nation. It takes commitment on the part of policy makers, landowners, community leaders, utilities and developers working in partnership over many years to bring a project to fruition, which in turn brings direct and indirect economic benefits to the local community," said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. "We are pleased to expand upon our relationship with KCP&L which has once again demonstrated trust and confidence in EDF Renewable Energy to deliver a wind project to diversify its generation portfolio."
"This new wind energy facility is just one of the renewable energy projects that help KCP&L continue to meet current and future renewable energy requirements in Kansas and Missouri," said Terry Bassham, KCP&L President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, we believe this partnership with EDF Renewable Energy will bring significant benefits to both our customers and shareholders by taking advantage of wind, an abundant renewable resource."
As part of EDF Renewable Energy's community investment efforts, the company presented two contributions in the amount of $2,500 each to the Ford County Conservation District Scholarship Fund and the Ford County 4-H Council respectively.
About EDF Renewable Energy:
EDF Renewable Energy -- formerly enXco -- is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy's portfolio consists of over 4.5 gigawatts of developed projects with 1.5 gigawatts of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world. For more information visit: www.edf-re.com
About EDF Renewable Services:
EDF Renewable Services -- formerly enXco Service Corporation -- is the leading third-party provider of operations and maintenance services in North America. With 25 years of experience, EDF Renewable Services understands renewable energy facilities represent a substantial investment. The company takes an owner-operator approach to ensure maximum returns on the asset, full project value, and ongoing profitability for new and existing facilities. As part of a global organization with utility-scale wind and solar plants, the company brings depth of experience to every project. With more than 6 gigawatts of wind and solar under contract, EDF Renewable Services is the trusted leader in O&M. For more information visit: www.edf-renewable-services.com
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