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EDF begins commercial operation at Minn. wind farm

The 100-MW Stoneray wind farm in Pipestone and Murray counties, Minn., has started full commercial operations, project owner and operator EDF Renewables Inc. said in a March 12 news release.

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency will buy the output under a power purchase agreement beginning in 2020.

EDF Renewables completed the sale of nonmanaging tax equity of the Stoneray plant to BAL Investment & Advisory Inc. on March 1. As part of the same transaction, the Electricité de France SA subsidiary sold the tax equity in the 80-MW Copenhagen power plant in Denmark, N.Y., to BAL on Dec. 28, 2018. Both facilities reached operational status in January. BAL Investment is owned by Bank of America Corp.

EDF Renewables will perform asset management services, balance-of-plant, and 24/7/365 remote monitoring and diagnostics of the Stoneray plant, which is comprised of 39 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA turbines, from its San Diego-based Operations Control Center during the equipment warranty period, according to the news release.

The Stoneray project is EDF Renewables' 12th wind facility in Minnesota. The company's projects located in the state total about 1,600 MW.