EDF Renewables announced this Tuesday the start of operations of two Maverick Solar projects for the Riverside County in California.
Maverick 1, with a potency of 173 megawatts and Maverick 4, with 135 MW capacity were the ones that started operations, under a Power Purchase Agreement with Southern California Edison, and Shell Energy North America, respectively.
The projects are part of the Palen Solar project and are located adjacently to each other on an unincorporated land in Riverside County. This means that such area is designated for the operation of solar assets exclusively.
The land is administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management; the agency designated the area as a Solar energy Zone. According to the EDF’s statement, both projects consist in horizontal single-axis tracks of photovoltaic technology.
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Environmental impact of Maverick Solar projects
About the agreement with the companies, Ryan Pfaff, executive VP of Grid-Scale Power at EDF, commented; “EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with Southern California Edison and Shell to help California meet its clean energy and low-carbon goals through the Maverick Solar Projects.”
“The backing of local, state and federal government is critically important to renewable development and we thank all those who supported this project through its development,” he concluded at the company’s statement.
On his side, Benoit Rigal, VP of Engineering & Construction at EDF, said: “We acknowledge the perseverance demonstrated by the project teams, including our construction and supplier partners, in safely completing the projects during the pandemic.”
EDF calculates that both Maverick Solar projects will produce enough energy to power around 110,000 average California homes; which is equivalent to withdraw over 107,000 vehicles off the road annually. They will save around 498,000 metric tons of CO2 every year.