Onsite Construction Begins on Largest Solar Energy Project in South Dakota

128 MW Wild Springs Solar in Pennington County has PPA with Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Minneapolis, MN (January 10, 2023)National Grid Renewables announced today the start of onsite field construction at its Wild Springs Solar Project (Wild Springs) in Pennington County, South Dakota. Wild Springs, the largest solar energy project in South Dakota to-date, is a 128 megawatt (MWac) solar project located in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) with a 114 MW Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric).

“Wild Springs represents a continuation of our leadership in renewable energy and economic development in the state of South Dakota,” commented Blake Nixon, President, National Grid Renewables. “Our Crocker Wind Farm located in Clark County began operation in 2019, and now with Wild Springs, we will have nearly 330 MW of clean energy projects in the state, all of which contribute significantly to the tax base, as well as the local communities that host the projects.”

“The construction of the Wild Springs Solar Project will be a great addition to South Dakota,” said Steve Westra, Commissioner, South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

Wild Springs is anticipated to begin commercial operation in 2023 and is currently poised to be the largest solar energy project in the state of South Dakota. Once operational, Wild Springs is projected to avoid 190,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually and is estimated to produce $12 million in new tax revenue throughout the first 20 years of operation. Unique to National Grid Renewables, Wild Springs anticipates donating over $500,000 during the first 20 years of operation to the local community through a planned charitable fund.

Wild Springs selected Ames Construction as the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) partner to construct the Wild Springs facility. The Renewables Group leadership at Ames Construction has over ten years of experience building solar projects across the United States. Ames Construction estimates the need to employ 250 construction workers to complete this major infrastructure project.

“Ames appreciates National Grid Renewables’ confidence in being selected as their EPC partner,” commented Craig Sandeen, Ames Renewables’ President. “We’re excited to be a part of building South Dakota’s largest solar project!”

Wild Springs will utilize next-generation Series 6 thin film solar modules developed and produced by First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR). Recently, First Solar and National Grid Renewables announced a 2 gigawatt (GW) supply of solar modules scheduled for delivery 2024-2025.

About National Grid Renewables

National Grid Renewables develops and operates large-scale renewable energy assets across the United States, including solar, wind, and energy storage. As a farmer-friendly and community-focused business, National Grid Renewables repowers America’s electricity grid by reigniting local economies and reinvesting in a sustainable, clean energy future. National Grid Renewables supports National Grid’s vision of being at the heart of a clean, fair, and affordable energy future for all. To learn more about National Grid Renewables, visit www.nationalgridrenewables.com or follow the company on Twitter or LinkedIn.

 
 

National Grid Renewables Pledges Over $1 Million Charitable Giving to Ohio Communities

Yellowbud Community Fund part of National Grid Renewables’ 274 MW Yellowbud Solar Project

Minneapolis, MN (September 28, 2022) – Today, National Grid Renewables announced its pledge to donate over $1 million to the Ohio communities of Ross and Pickaway Counties through its 274 megawatt (MW) Yellowbud Solar Project (Yellowbud or the project). Yellowbud will support the Yellowbud Community Fund via annual donations of approximately $54,800 over a twenty-year period and will work with The Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation (CRCF), a local nonprofit organization, to distribute the funds.

“We are thrilled to partner with Yellowbud Solar to enhance the quality of life in the Ross and Pickaway communities,” stated Scott Graham, Executive Director for CRCF. “It’s not just power that Yellowbud Solar provides; the Yellowbud Community Fund will annually support nonprofit organizations and schools operating in Ross and Pickaway Counties.”

As part of its community-focused and farmer-friendly foundation, National Grid Renewables initiates charitable funds for each of its owned and operational large scale renewable energy projects. The purpose of these charitable funds is to engage in, assist, and contribute money to charitable and/or community activities and opportunities within the project communities. The gifts donated by the charitable funds are above and beyond any tax revenue delivered by National Grid Renewables’ projects.

The Yellowbud Community Fund donations are available via grant application for schools, government agencies, and charitable 501(c)3 organizations located in Ross and Pickaway Counties. CRCF will facilitate and manage the grant application process on behalf of Yellowbud. The Yellowbud Community Fund will gift its first donation from Yellowbud approximately one year after the project reaches commercial operation. Yellowbud, which is currently under construction, is anticipated to begin operation in 2023 and intends to make its first annual donation in 2024.

“Giving back to our project communities is core to our business values, and we are excited to be able to support the community members in Ross and Pickaway Counties through the Yellowbud Community Fund,” stated Blake Nixon, President, National Grid Renewables. “With the Yellowbud Community Fund, National Grid Renewables has now pledged over $8 million in charitable funding.”

About National Grid Renewables

National Grid Renewables, part of the National Grid Ventures division of National Grid (NYSE: NGG), develops, owns, and operates large-scale renewable energy assets across the United States, including solar, wind, and energy storage. As a farmer-friendly and community-focused business, National Grid Renewables seeks to repower America’s electricity grid by reigniting local economies and reinvesting in a sustainable, clean energy future. National Grid Renewables supports National Grid’s vision of being at the heart of a clean, fair, and affordable energy future for all. To learn more about National Grid Renewables, visit www.nationalgridrenewables.com or follow the company on Twitter or LinkedIn.

 
 

National Grid Renewables Celebrates American Clean Power Week with Tours of First Solar Manufacturing Plant and Ohio Solar Project

Customers, partners, and community members gather to learn about solar energy’s economic benefits

Minneapolis, MN (August 15, 2022) – As part of American Clean Power Week 2022, National Grid Renewables hosted a two-day event to educate visitors on the economic benefits that solar energy projects provide national, state, and local communities.

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Customers, partners, and community members first assembled for a tour of National Grid Renewables’ Yellowbud Solar Project, a 274 megawatt (MW) project located in Ross and Pickaway counties, Ohio that is currently under construction.

“The Yellowbud Solar Project currently employs over 550 onsite construction workers and is anticipated to produce $90 million in tax revenue, landowner income, local spending, and charitable funding throughout the first twenty years of operation,” commented Blake Nixon, President of National Grid Renewables. “Across the nation, solar energy projects like Yellowbud Solar are providing significant positive economic impact on local, statewide, and national economies.”

Event guests were then invited on a tour of the First Solar manufacturing plant in Toledo, where attendees learned how First Solar modules are built, packaged, and shipped. Experts from across the industry discussed solar energy projects and the benefits they offer the economy.

“First Solar joins National Grid Renewables in celebrating a remarkable Midwestern project that sources modules that utilize U.S. technology to benefit the local community with renewable solar energy,” said Georges Antoun, First Solar’s Chief Commercial Officer. “A testament to the value of American solar manufacturing, the project exemplifies a sustainable energy model for the future of Ohio – as well any community that wishes to spur job growth, economic impact, and renewable energy security. The Yellowbud Solar Project is a fantastic achievement for the community, and First Solar is proud to have supplied our responsibly sourced modules to support its success.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to join National Grid Renewables in commemorating American Clean Power Week and to see the incredible progress that has been made to further utilize solar power in Ohio,” said Mike Gammill, Vice President for Kiewit Power Constructors Co., the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the Yellowbud Solar Project. “We are proud to serve as the EPC contractor and to contribute to the ongoing innovation and collaboration that is driving its success.”

About National Grid Renewables

National Grid Renewables, part of the National Grid Ventures division of National Grid (NYSE: NGG), develops, owns, and operates large-scale renewable energy assets across the United States, including solar, wind, and energy storage. As a farmer-friendly and community-focused business, National Grid Renewables seeks to repower America’s electricity grid by reigniting local economies and reinvesting in a sustainable, clean energy future. National Grid Renewables supports National Grid’s vision of being at the heart of a clean, fair, and affordable energy future for all. To learn more about National Grid Renewables, visit www.nationalgridrenewables.com or follow the company on Twitter or LinkedIn.

 
 

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