EDF Renewables, EnterSolar form strategic partnership for C&I solar services

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EDF Renewables North America, a renewable energy developer, and EnterSolar, a provider of distributed generation solar solutions, formed a strategic partnership with EDF Renewables acquiring a 50 percent interest in EnterSolar. Together, the companies will offer C&I customers one of the most comprehensive arrays of behind-the-meter service.

The partnership leverages EDF Renewables’ experience in renewable energy and storage, and its proven long-term expertise in distributed solar solutions to corporate C&I customers internationally, along with EnterSolar’s 12-year solid track record in developing behind-the-meter solar photovoltaic projects for a broad range of corporate clients. As part of the agreement, EDF Renewables is providing growth capital as well as additional project financing capabilities to EnterSolar.

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“We are delighted to announce this partnership with EDF Renewables, which, in conjunction with a strategic investment, provides EnterSolar with enhanced growth opportunities and the ability to further advance our goal of becoming the preferred provider of distributed generation solar solutions to the corporate marketplace,” stated Paul Ahern, president, EnterSolar.

“We are impressed with the quality of the EnterSolar team and the striking natural fit between our offerings. EnterSolar has a remarkable customer satisfaction track record with C&I customers, while EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions brings strength and experience specific to ground-mount solar projects up to 30 MWp alongside behind-the-meter battery storage for the C&I sector. This new partnership will benefit from complementary synergies,” said Raphael Declercq, executive vice president, EDF Renewables. “The partnership now provides our customers with a wider choice of comprehensive distributed energy solutions.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Largest landfill solar project in Maryland completed by EDF Renewables, Solar FlexRack

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Led by national engineering, procurement and construction firm EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions, this 18.1 MW dc facility, known as the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park, is located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and is the largest solar project on a closed landfill in the state. The project is owned by a subsidiary of Building Energy, was developed by BQ Energy, a company specializing in landfill and brownfield renewable energy projects, and used Solar FlexRack racking to complete the job.

The Annapolis Renewable Energy Park is remarkable for its size and complexity. The enormous facility spans 80 acres and was completed in mid-2018. The solar energy park will generate enough clean energy to power more than 12 percent of the city’s homes annually. In addition to gaining the reassurance of fixed, lower-cost clean energy for its clients and partners, the city is estimated to receive more than $250,000 annually by leasing the property to Building Energy.

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Building a renewable energy project on top of a capped landfill is an intricate project, and the expertise of racking provider Solar FlexRack proved invaluable for EDF Renewables. Unable to drill piles into the landfill’s protective membrane cap, Solar FlexRack utilized B3P-X pre-cast fixed tilt racking foundations for the more than 54,000 solar panels.

“Solar FlexRack’s expertise in this important niche market makes the company a perfect partner for landfill projects,” said Jamie Resor, CEO, EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions. “We are pleased to work with a firm that can provide the precise, high-quality product required to execute our vision for the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park.”

“EDF Renewables’ deep experience and technical capabilities make them an extraordinary leader in the field,” continued Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Solar FlexRack. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with them on the park, and we look forward to the next partnership opportunity.”

Solar FlexRack offers ballasted solar racking solutions for sites challenged with penetration, weight and other regulatory restrictions. The selection and quality of their products provide a wider choice for solar project engineers to design optimal performance into their solar systems.

— Solar Builder magazine