First Solar indications 15-year PPAs with The golden state neighborhood teams for 100MW solar-plus-storage plant

Apr 24, 2020 04:53 PM ET
  • Power purchase agreements (PPAs) have actually been authorized in between First Solar and also 2 area power utility teams for power from a 100MW solar energy plant with 50MWh of power storage space in California's Kern County.
First Solar indications 15-year PPAs with The golden state neighborhood teams for 100MW solar-plus-storage plant
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Kern County is currently residence to a few of the state's greatest renewable resource projects consisting of numerous solar PV plants established by Perrysburg, Ohio-headquartered First Solar, which produces thin-film solar components along with performing its very own projects in a vertically-integrated company version. The business asserts a yearly production ability of 1.9 GW DC, all situated within the United States.

The business has actually authorized 2 different 15-year PPAs with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) and also Silicon Valley Clean Energy for electrical energy produced by Rabbitrush Solar, a 100MW solar PV plant integrated with 20MW/ 50MWh of battery power storage space. Rabbitrush Solar is arranged for conclusion in the 2nd quarter of 2022.

Neighborhood Choice Aggregator teams are community-owned energies that exist within the solution locations of managed energies and also for that reason take advantage of utility framework while being allowed to pick where their power originates from. First Solar's off-takers for Rabbitrush are currently gotten to take power from large solar-plus-storage projects in Kern County believed to be incomplete: sis website Energy-Storage. news reported back in 2018 as Monterey Bay Community Power and also Silicon Valley Clean Energy authorized PPAs with Canadian Solar's developer subsidiary Recurrent Energy for the Slate solar ranch (150MW PV, 45MW/ 150MWh battery storage space) and also with EDF for the Big Beau Solar + Storage Project (40MW PV, 40MW/ 160MWh battery power storage space).

The Kern County Planning as well as Natural Resources Department site details a number of loads large solar ranches at numerous phases of growth, with the biggest by capability consisting of 8minute Energy's 500MW Springbok Solar project, the 700MW Maricopa Sun project by unique function lorry Maricopa Sun LLC, and also the 650MW Antelope Valley Solar Project by Renewable Resources. The biggest project on that particular checklist, the 1,008 MW Fremont Valley Preservation Water Bank as well as Solar Project provided as being by a business called Aqua Helio Resources, shows up to have actually not passed by the drawing board because it was recommended in 2013.

"Responsibly created to reduce its effect on the ecological community, and also powered by the most eco-efficient solar innovation offered today, this project mirrors our very own dedications to sustainability as well as the neighborhoods we offer," MBCP CEO Tom Habashi claimed of the bargain to get power from Rabbitrush.

"The fast-growing CCA section, with its base of ecologically mindful customers, straightens well with our integral focus on sustainability and also our objective to lead the globe's lasting power future," First Solar primary business policeman (CCO) Georges Antoun claimed.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy CEO Girish Balachandran on the other hand kept in mind that while the plant will certainly offer a few of the CCA's consumers in California's Santa Clara County, several of the innovation made use of in the plant was created initially Solar's R&D center in Santa Clara.

"Our consumers have actually made a vital selection in choosing carbon-free power, as well as we are anticipating including this project to our long-lasting initiatives to reduce energy-related exhausts according to our decarbonisation dedications," Balachandran included.

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