Our business

 

EDPR’s business consists of developing, building and operating top quality wind farms and solar plants throughout the world. the key knowledge acquired in these three critical phases of project development, coupled with a drive for continued improvement are crucial for maximizing the value creation of our assets.

deVeLOPmenT PHaSe

Our sustainable future growth is dependent on solid development efforts.

EDPR’s teams of highly experienced and qualified developers start by locating a site with quality renewable resource, either wind or solar, with nearby electricity transmission lines. After partnering with landowners and municipalities, the critical process of measuring the renewable resource begins. This process of data collection and analysis can take several years. If the site continues to show promise, further studies are conducted and permits are secured until an investment decision is made.

COnSTRuCTiOn PHaSe

EDPR’s goal is to set the industry standard for building the most cost competitive, safe and efficient wind farms and solar plants.

Our Procurement, Engineering and Construction teams are well equipped to select the most suitable wind turbines and solar panel systems based on each project’s specifics. We also use in-house expertise to design the most adequate site layout and assure top- class engineering and construction standards.

Construction of a wind farm typically lasts six months to one year depending on the size of the project. We work to minimize disturbances to the environment and return the land to its initial integrity. In most cases, wind turbines and access roads occupy less than one percent of the entire project area, and the remaining land is still available for agricultural activities or other.

During 2012, EDPR added over 500 MW of high quality assets, mainly wind farms, securing its position as a leading player in the wind energy industry. Additionally, in this period, the first solar MW were installed (39 MW) marking the entry of EDPR into this new technology and providing a new growth avenue for the company.

OPeRaTiOnS PHaSe

As owner and operator, EDPR is committed to maintaining long term operations of our projects for the benefit of our stakeholders while always keeping our environmental impact to a minimum.

Our wind farms have a projected life span of at least 25 years, thus it is critical to our longevity that we focus on maintaining the highest levels of availability, through regularly scheduled maintenance programs and performance improvement initiatives, while minimizing the associated costs through our robust O&M strategy.

EDPR leverages its experience of operating 8.0 GW of installed capacity to ensure continuous improvement and the implementation of best practices.

wind FaRm and SOLaR PLanT LiFeCYCLe

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site identification

Search for sites with top-class wind conditions or irradiance resource and analyse grid connection feasibility.

landowner agreement

Contact local landowners and negotiate leasing agreement.

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layout design and construction

Optimise wind or solar farm layout and select the best fit wind turbine or solar panel. Build access roads, prepare foundations, erect towers, assemble wind turbine generators/solar panels, and construct substation.

opening ceremony

Share results and benefits of renewable energy with local inhabitants, business community, authorities and other stakeholders.

wind and solar plant operation

Complete grid connection and start to generate renewable electricity.

 

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renewable resource analysis

Install meteorological equipment to collect and study wind profile and solar irradiance.

obtain consents and permits

Engage with local and public authorities to secure environmental administrative, construction and other licenses.

market analysis

Study market dynamics in terms of electricity prices, regulation and financing to support the “go ahead” decision.

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data analysis

Monitor real-time operational data, analyse performance and identify opportunities for improvement.

ongoing maintenance service

Keep availability figures at the highest level possible and minimise failure rates.

delivery of secure, reliable and CO2- free energy to the population

A better energy, a better future, a better world.