2 EDF Renewables utility-scale solar farms begin operation in California

EDF Renewables completed and started commercial operation of the Maverick 1 (173.4 MWdc) and Maverick 4 (135.9 MWdc) Solar Projects. Maverick 1 provides 125 MWac of electricity to Southern California Edison under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), while Maverick 4 supplies 100 MWac energy and renewable attributes to Shell Energy North America under a 15-year PPA.

The two projects, part of the Palen Solar portfolio, are located adjacent to each other on unincorporated land in Riverside County, California, administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM designated this area as a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, land set aside for utility-scale renewable energy development. Both projects consist of horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

“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,” said Ryan Pfaff, executive VP, Grid-Scale Power at EDF Renewables. “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.”

In addition to economic benefits for Riverside County, the projects combined generate enough clean energy to meet the consumption of up to 110,000 average California homes1. This is equivalent to avoiding more than 498,000 metric tons of CO emissions annually2 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 107,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.

“We acknowledge the perseverance demonstrated by the project teams, including our construction and supplier partners, in safely completing the projects during the pandemic,” said Benoit Rigal, VP of engineering and construction.

EDF Renewables’ Asset Optimization group will perform operations and maintenance services for the life of the project. The group will provide NERC compliance support, remote monitoring and balance-of-plant management to maximize power production.

News item from EDF Renewables North America