UPDATED: Google and EDPR Partner on 500 MW AC Environmental Justice Program, Marking the Largest Corporate Backing of Distributed Solar in the U.S.
Google and EDPR announce the signing of a framework agreement supporting more than 80 distributed solar PV projects totaling 500 MW AC.
New York, New York, April 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Google and EDPR NA Distributed Generation LLC (EDPR NA DG), the distributed generation (DG) business unit of EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA), are pleased to announce the signing of a framework agreement supporting more than 80 distributed solar PV projects totaling 500 MWAC. The deal aligns with an environmental justice program benefiting over 25,000 families in low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities—with an initial focus on projects in the PJM Interconnection service area, which stretches from New Jersey to Ohio. The initial projects will be built in Ohio, where Google operates a data center campus in New Albany and Google Cloud region in Columbus.
The unparalleled transaction with Google marks the largest corporate sponsorship of distributed solar development in the United States, according to data from S&P Global and BloombergNEF.
The initiative, named the Clean Energy Financial Benefit Sharing Program, will be funded, in part, through Google’s purchase of a novel renewable energy credit (REC) called the ImpactREC™.
The ImpactREC™, like other traditional RECs, is generated in and eligible for the applicable compliance market; however, its minting carries additional covenants certifying direct community investment and direct LMI benefit. The ImpactREC™ program synthetically provides similar economic benefits of community solar in jurisdictions currently lacking supportive legislation. The EDPR NA DG team, led by Christopher Rittenhouse and Adam Woda, collaborated with Google over the last two years to conceive and develop the ImpactREC™ product and its supporting framework agreement.
“What we heard through interviews with local community leaders and Environmental Justice advocates was that the disproportionate impact of high energy burden remains a primary barrier to an equitable energy transition. Partnering with EDPR NA DG, we aim to reduce energy burden in the communities where we operate, while progressing toward our 24/7 carbon-free energy goal,” said Sana Ouji, Energy Lead, Google. “We are grateful to EDPR for their partnership, collaboration and steady focus on our shared mission, and excited to have the opportunity to contribute to our data center communities by extending the benefits of our clean energy investments.”
“We’re proud to collaborate with Google on such an innovative and impactful program that speaks to our values,” added Gustavo Monteiro, EDPR NA DG Chief Executive Officer. “We are appreciative to Google for anchoring the ImpactREC™ and are looking forward to increasing participation throughout the compliance procurement community as our industry expands this product.”
In addition to the ImpactREC™ purchase, the program includes the creation of a community impact fund valued at $12 million. The fund focuses on initiatives reducing energy poverty in the communities where the projects are built. Google and EDPR NA DG are committed to localized social and economic justice as part of the transition to a sustainable future.
The initiative is made possible partly because of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed in 2022, which includes landmark tax incentives for domestic energy production and manufacturing. The ImpactREC™ leverages these incentives to provide direct investment into communities throughout the Midwest and Northeast and enable economic benefits for LMI communities.
Additional Resources and Media Assets:
- EDPR NA DG: Expanding the Benefits of Clean Energy Through Innovation
- Google: How We’re Helping Everyone Benefit from the Transition
About EDPR NA Distributed Generation:
At EDPR NA Distributed Generation (EDPR NA DG), accelerating the adoption and success of distributed generation is at the core of our mission. EDPR NA DG provides cutting-edge innovative renewable energy services to the entire North American region. Built on long-standing relationships with developers, power generators, corporate purchasers, municipalities, and local communities, EDPR NA DG delivers a full suite of offerings ranging from financing and development to construction and operation of energy and storage assets poised to scale. For more information, visit www.edprnadg.com.
EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest renewable energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets, and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is present in 29 international markets across Europe, Latin America, North America, and Asia.
CONTACT: Tom Weirich EDP Renewables North America Distributed Generation 281-825-2771 [email protected] Maura Kennedy Strategic Elements mke[email protected] Chrissy Lee Google [email protected]