Masdar deepens US energy market footprint with 50% stake in Big Beau project

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Masdar 50% stake in Big Beau Project
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Masdar, one of the world’s fastest-growing clean energy companies, has further expanded its presence in the United States’ renewables market after closing the acquisition of a 50 percent stake in The Big Beau project, a combined solar and battery storage project, from EDF Renewables North America.

The Big Beau project, located in California, comprises a 128-megawatt (MWac) photovoltaic (PV) solar plant and a 40 MW/160 MWh battery energy storage system. It is one of eight projects that Masdar and EDF Renewables have agreed to jointly partner in, with a combined capacity of 1.6 gigawatts (GW).

Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber_Masdar 50% stake in Big Beau Project
Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber
UAE Minister – Industry & Advanced Technology
Chairman – Masdar

“Big Beau and the other projects that we are operating with EDF Renewables are already making an active contribution to US clean energy targets, highlighting the strength of the UAE-US relationship that the recent PACE announcement seeks to build on. If we are to keep the objective of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees alive, we need to see countries coming together in concerted action, one of the key areas of focus for the upcoming COP28 in the UAE. Partnerships between companies like Masdar and EDF Renewables are also vital in ensuring we hold back emissions, not progress.”

Mr. Tristan Grimbert, President and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Renewables North America, said that “EDF Renewables’ partnership with Masdar enjoys a successful history and today we celebrate another project to add to the growing portfolio. Decarbonization of the energy sector will take the combined effort of developers, off-takers, and investors alike working in collaboration toward ambitious goals. We are grateful for our productive partnership with Masdar built on a foundation of progress.”

Masdar and EDF Renewables North America agreed in 2020 to jointly partner in the 1.6 GW portfolio, which includes three utility-scale wind projects in Nebraska and Texas totaling 815 MW, and five solar projects in California totaling 689 MW, two of which include battery energy storage systems representing 75 MW. All of the projects are operational, and combined they are displacing more than 3 million tons of emissions per year.

Mr. Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar, said that “Masdar has a strong working relationship with EDF that originated in the Middle East and now extends across the globe, and we are pleased to further strengthen that relationship today. We are also committed to growing our activities in the US over the coming years and see it as an extremely important strategic market for Masdar. I look forward to growing our presence in the US as a developer and independent power producer, as part of our targeted global expansion of reaching at least 100 GW by the end of this decade.”

EDF Renewables, one of the largest renewable developers in North America, is committed to providing solutions to decarbonize the energy sector. With 35 years of experience, 16 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects developed, and 13 GW under operations and maintenance contracts, EDF Renewables provides integrated energy solutions from grid-scale power to electric vehicle charging.

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