AEP Power to buy 50 MW of solar from Columbus, Ohio, challenge
AEP Energy Partners, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, has signed a letter of intent with BQ Energy Development to acquire 100% of the acceptance of Columbus Solar Park, which is being developed southwest of downtown Columbus, Ohio.
In July, New York-based BQ Energy announced plans to lease land from a former Solid Waste Authority landfill in central Ohio and build a 50 MW solar array pending a long-term power purchase agreement to underwrite the project.
The solar system is expected to be in operation until December 2022 and will supply 5,000 households with electricity after completion. AEP Energy Partners will use the purchase from the project to meet its customers ‘renewable energy needs and support Columbus’ potential future renewable energy needs when the city’s aggregation initiative is passed.
“Columbus Park Solar will bring a significant renewable energy resource to the Columbus city’s local power distribution network,” said Paul Curran, CEO of BQ Energy Development. “As Columbus residents are considering the bold move to increase their use of renewable energy, it is important that they trust that the amount of local production of this clean electricity is truly there. Columbus Solar Park, which will be among the most visible solar energy fields in the country, will play an important role in transforming the supply of renewable energy. We are proud to be working with AEP on this important project. “
“We look forward to partnering with BQ Energy to bring more clean, renewable energy to our customers,” said Greg Hall, President of AEP Energy. “The Columbus Solar Park project fits well with AEP’s commitment to sustainability and the communities we serve. Converting a former landfill into a solar power plant is a win-win situation for the environment and central Ohio. “
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