AES, RES Americas announce renewable-energy projects

BOULDER — AES Distributed Energy Inc. in Boulder said Thursday it has begun construction on four solar-photovoltaic projects in California, and Broomfield-based RES Americas said earlier this week that it will work on 10 wind-energy projects throughout the United States.

AES Distributed Energy’s projects combined total 11.3 megawatts of power.

AES Distributed Energy, a subsidiary of The AES Corp. (NYSE: AES) based in Virginia, is partnering with Fresno, Calif.-based ImMODO Energy Services Corp. on the four projects that are going up in three cities — Delano, Manteca and Bakersfield.

AES Distributed Energy is the long-term owner and operator of the portfolio, while ImMODO will provide design, engineering, procurement and construction services as well as operations and maintenance services. The projects are expected to be complete by August.

AES DE is a party to 20-year power-purchase agreements with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to provide energy for its Solar Choice Program, which offers northern and central California residents and businesses the option to go solar without needing to install panels by purchasing their electricity from solar energy generated from these projects.

Wind projects

Broomfield-based Renewable Energy Systems Americas is partnering with Southern Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co., to develop and construct approximately 3,000 megawatts of wind power across 10 projects located in various regions within the United States. All projects are expected to achieve commercial operation between 2018 and 2020.

RES Americas will serve as the lead developer and balance-of-plant constructor for the projects. Balance of plant is a term given to all the infrastructural components of a wind farm except for the turbine and its elements.

Southern Power has signed agreements to purchase wind-turbine equipment from both Siemens and Vestas for use at the wind farms.

A RES Americas spokeswoman said the company would not release the locations of the projects right now.

“This is an early step in a lengthy process, and RES is unable to comment further on projects that are under development,” she said in an email.

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