EDF RE takes on Lepomis PV

EDF Renewable Energy has finalised the sale agreement and begun construction on the 6MW (AC) Lepomis PV array in the US state of Massachusetts, with M+W subsidiary Gehrlicher Solar Americas performing EPC work.

EDF Renewable Energy will own and operate the Lepomis project, its first renewable-energy asset in Massachusetts, with construction slated for completion next spring. The output will be sold to the town of Wareham under a long-term power purchase agreement.

Among the world’s major wind developers, France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles – owner of US-based EDF Renewable Energy – has been one of the most aggressive adopters of large-scale solar energy in recent years.

Last month EDF Renewable Energy (formerly known as enXco) inaugurated its 110MW (AC) Catalina Solar array in California, its largest solar project to date, employing thin-film modules from First Solar and Solar Frontier.

EDF claims to have a solar pipeline of more than 300MW in North America, encompassing both utility-scale and distributed-generation systems.

Germany’s M+W Group won the EPC work for the Lepomis project, but has handed it off to Gehrlicher Solar Americas – the developer and system integrator it acquired this summer after parent company Gehrlicher went bankrupt.

Germany’s M+W is best known in the PV sector as a turnkey contractor for manufacturing facilities, but it has increasingly targeted large ground-mount PV projects, and its acquisition of Gehrlicher Solar Americas gives it a strong presence in the booming US mid-sized PV market.