groSolar, JEA, and AEP OnSite Partners, an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, are pleased to announce the commercial operation of the 7-megawatt (MWAC) Northwest Jacksonville Solar Partners (NWJAX) solar farm in Jacksonville, Florida. The project is located on Arnold Road just north of the Jacksonville International Airport. The NWJAX project is owned by AEP OnSite Partners and features single axis trackers that track the sun from east to west throughout the day greatly increasing the efficiency of the project. Throughout the design and construction of the project, groSolar utilized numerous local contractors and small businesses to assist in the development of the project. In addition to the clean energy that the project provides to residents of the City of Jacksonville, the site features wetlands flowage improvements and landscaping designed to positively impact the site and surrounding ecosystem.
The NWJAX project will produce approximately 17,000 MW hours of clean renewable energy in its first year of operation; enough electricity to power more than 1,200 homes. The project also provides significant environmental benefits; the annual clean renewable energy produced is approximately equivalent to the carbon offset achieved by planting over 300,000 trees or taking 2,500 cars off the road each year1.
A project dedication, hosted by groSolar, is scheduled for June 8th and will welcome partners from JEA, AEP, and local stakeholders.
“JEA is committed to environmental stewardship and to increasing its level of carbon-free renewable energy generation,” said Paul McElroy, CEO of JEA. “This partnership with groSolar will expand our solar footprint and provide our customers with an environmentally friendly and efficient option for their power needs.”
“The Northwest Jacksonville Solar Partners Project is an excellent example of how public and private entities can work together to complete a project that will provide significant environmental and economic benefits to the Jacksonville community for years to come,” said Myles Burnsed, groSolar Vice President of Business Development, who led the origination and development of this project.
1 According to US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.
JEA is the eighth-largest community-owned electric utility in the United States and one of the largest water and sewer utilities in the nation providing electric, water and sewer service to residents and businesses in northeast Florida.
groSolar is a leading developer and turnkey solar engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm serving the 500kw to 30 MW market. With over 2,000 installations across North America, groSolar’s experience spans a broad spectrum of applications. These include applications atop brownfields/landfills, commercial, educational, municipal, and other institutional facilities. groSolar provides a one stop source for all your solar project needs including on-going operations and maintenance. groSolar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Renewable Energy. Learn more at www.grosolar.com
About AEP OnSite Partners
AEP OnSite Partners, an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, works directly with customers, developers and government officials to deliver energy solutions based upon market knowledge, innovative application of technology and deal-structuring capabilities. AEP OnSite Partners targets opportunities in distributed solar, combined heat and power, energy storage, waste heat recovery, energy efficiency, peaking generation and other energy solutions that create value for our customers.