Today, Walmart and EDP Renewables (EDPR) announce three power purchase agreements (PPA) that will enable the construction of three new utility-scale wind farms – developed, owned, and operated by EDPR – in the states of Illinois and Indiana. Walmart’s cumulative 233 megawatt (MW) investment includes 50 MW from the Harvest Ridge Wind Farm, formerly Broadlands Wind Farm. The Harvest Ridge Wind Farm is a proposed 200 MW project in northeastern Douglas County, Illinois, with start of operations expected in 2019.
Walmart’s purchase through these agreements will produce enough electricity to power more than 60,000 average homes in Illinois and 15,000 average homes in Indiana with renewable energy each year. Additionally, these wind farms will bring economic benefits to their respective regions and states in the form of jobs, landowner and tax payments, and money spent in local communities.
“Walmart has a goal to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy and sourcing energy from wind farms developed by partners like EDP Renewables is a core component in the mix,” said Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy for Walmart. “Wind energy is an important part of our energy portfolio, and Walmart plans to continue our efforts to pursue renewable energy projects that are right for our customers, our business, and the environment.”
“The declining cost of renewable power has led to an increase in clean energy procurement from companies like Walmart in recent years. The continued commitment from corporate entities in procuring renewable energy speaks volumes about the importance and value of securing fixed, competitive pricing over the long-term,” said Miguel Prado, EDP Renewables North America CEO. “EDP Renewables appreciates its partnership with Walmart and commends the company in its efforts to source all of its energy from renewable sources.”
In addition to the 50 MW agreement with the Harvest Ridge Wind Farm, Walmart’s investment includes 123 MW from the Bright Stalk Wind Farm in McLean County and 60 MW from the Headwaters II Wind Farm in Randolph County, Ind.
EDP Renewables is a wind industry leader in the states of Illinois and Indiana. To date, EDPR operates 797 MW of wind energy projects in Illinois and with the addition of the Harvest Ridge Wind Farm and Bright Stalk Wind Farm, EDPR will further increase its footprint in Illinois, surpassing 1,200 MW, or 1.2 gigawatt (GW), of operational capacity by the end of next year. By the end of the year, EDPR will operate more than 1,000 MW, or 1 GW of wind energy in Indiana, as well.