Staff shines on solar tours
EDP Renewables visit headquarters, tour solar array in Ellettsville
EnergyLines October 2019
On a sunny day in September, employees from EDP Renewables visited Hoosier Energy to learn about the generation and transmission electric cooperative, member cooperatives and tour a 1 MW solar array.
The group of 40 learned about Hoosier Energy’s renewable energy portfolio – which currently includes 50 MW of power from EDP facilities with an additional 250 MW planned in the next three years. The energy provided through purchase power agreements is helping Hoosier Energy reach its goal of 10 percent of energy to be renewable energy by 2025.
In attendance was EDP Renewable’s Executive Vice President, Eastern U.S./Canada Ryan Brown. With a focus on expanding utility-scale renewable energy sites, Brown talked about the importance of building local connections that last.
“Forming local relationships as we build and expand sites in rural communities is important to us. We work to build strong relationships with land owners and local constituents. As the Meadow Lake wind farm is in its sixth phase, having shown our commitment to local communities is something we are proud of,” said Brown.
Renewable Energy Project Developer Chad Jenkins helped coordinate the tours with the rest of the Emerging Energy Resources team.
“Building strong and lasting relationships is so important within our cooperative, both internally and externally. It means a lot to have EDP bring 40 employees, from all over the eastern United States and Canada, to learn how our Emerging Energy Resources department works for our members,” said Jenkins.