What We Do
EDPR’s business consists of developing, building and operating top quality wind farms and solar plants throughout the world. The internalization of these three critical phases of project development coupled with a drive for continued improvement are critical for extracting the most value from our assets.
Our sustainable future 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 or municipalities, the critical process of measuring the wind begins, where data collection can last for several years.
For solar plants the measurement of irradiance resource is a shorter process, as sun light is not strongly affected by the geographical characteristics of the site. If the site continues to show promise, further studies are conducted and permits are secured until an investment decision is made.
EDPR’s goal is to be a reference in the industry 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 best wind turbines and solar panel systems based on each project’s specifics. We also use in-house expertise to design the best sites, and assure top-class engineering and construction standards.
Construction of a wind farm typically lasts six to 12 months, whilst solar plants can be build in a considerably shorter period of time, depending on the size of the project. We work to minimize disturbances to the land and return the land to its initial integrity. In most cases, wind turbines and access roads occupy less than one percent of the land in the entire project area, and the remaining land is still available for agricultural activities. For solar plants the occupied area is higher, however these sites are considerably smaller and in many cases can be installed on waste land that is not fit for agriculture or other purposes.
As an owner and operator, EDPR is committed to maintaining long-term operations of our projects for the benefit of our shareholders and stakeholders while always keeping our environmental impact to a minimum. Our wind farms have a projected life span of 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 strong O&M strategy.
EDPR leverages its experience of operating more than 9 GW of installed capacity to ensure continuous improvement in and the implementation of best practices.