EDF RE to supply 120MW wind energy from Rock Falls project to Kimberly-Clark

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has agreed to supply 120MW of wind energy from the 154MW Rock Falls Wind Project in Oklahoma, US, Kimberly-Clark.

The virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) is Kimberly-Clark’s Clark’s first use of utility-scale renewable energy that will enable the company to attain its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% four years ahead of schedule.

EDF RE Power Marketing director Dai Owen said: “The strong US wind market relies in part on America’s corporate sector and companies like Kimberly-Clark, who through the purchase of wind energy demonstrate leadership in the drive for a low-carbon economy.

“Their commitment allowed Rock Falls to proceed, providing an economic boost to the Oklahoma economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”

Built in Kay and Grant counties in northern Oklahoma, the Rock Falls facility features wind turbines developed and delivered by Siemens.

Since the beginning of construction in July this year, the project has generated more than 150 job opportunities.

With the start of its commercial operation, expected in December 2017, the wind power plant will supply the company with electricity equivalent to a significant portion of the power requirements of its North American manufacturing operations.

Image: A rotor is lifted into place at Rock Falls wind project. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.