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EDP Renewables’ Headwaters II Wind Farm Starts Commercial Operations in Indiana

WINCHESTER, IN — The nation's fourth-largest wind energy producer, EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA), announces it has reached commercial operations and begun producing energy at its 198-megawatt (MW) Headwaters II Wind Farm in Randolph County, Indiana. This second phase of the wind farm joins the operational 200-MW Headwaters I Wind Farm and boosts the economic benefits contributed to the surrounding communities. Through executed power purchase agreements (PPAs), Headwaters II also provides Facebook and Walmart with energy that will help the companies reach their sustainability goals.

"The completion of Headwaters II is an important milestone for EDP Renewables North America and the reliable, low-price energy we work to provide," said Ryan Brown, Executive Vice President - Eastern Region, Canada, and Mexico at EDPR NA. "On behalf of EDPR NA, we thank Facebook and Walmart for enabling the construction and expansion of this project and for driving our shared goals to provide sustainable operations across the economy."

Both phases of the Headwaters Wind Farm contribute to EDPR NA’s 1,199 MW of operational capacity in Indiana, which represents approximately one-third of all renewable energy capacity installed in the state. EDPR NA also developed the 102-MW Rosewater Wind Farm, which is now operational in White County and under new ownership, and the 302-MW Indiana Crossroads I Wind Farm, which is under construction in White County and whose ownership will transfer upon achieving commercial operations.

EDP Renewables is also currently constructing the 200-MW Riverstart Solar Park in Randolph County and will construct the 204-MW Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm in White County, which is slated to be operational in 2023. The addition of Riverstart and Indiana Crossroads II will propel EDPR NA’s operational capacity to 1.6 gigawatts (GW) in the state, which is enough energy to power the equivalent of more than 410,000 average Indiana homes each year.

Facebook's 15-year PPA for 139 MW of power from Headwaters II will help the company meet its goal to support its operations with 100 percent renewable energy and reach net-zero carbon emissions.

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“Supporting our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy requires working with companies like EDP Renewables North America who share the drive to protect the planet, support communities, and produce renewable energy that keeps our operations running," said Urvi Parekh, Head of Renewable Energy at Facebook.

Walmart's long-term PPA is for 60 MW of energy from Headwaters II and advances the company's goals to power its operations with 100 percent renewable energy.

"Creating a sustainable future requires bold collective action, which is why Walmart is committed to powering our facilities with 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 and achieving zero emissions by 2040," said Mark Vanderhelm, Vice President of Energy and Facilities Management at Walmart.

Headwaters II Wind Farm creates significant contributions to the local community in the form of new jobs and revenue, including payments to landowners and local governments and an increase in money spent at local businesses nearby the project. The wind farm will also save more than 355 million gallons of water each year by generating electricity without requiring the large amounts of water consumed by traditional power plants.

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