Leeward completes 100-MW Rabbitbrush solar + storage project in California

Dec 1, 2022 11:18 AM ET
  • Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE) has actually finished building and also commenced operations of its 100-MW Rabbitbrush Solar Facility situated in Kern County, California. The facility likewise includes a 20-MW, 50-MWh battery energy storage space system.

The energy generated by the project will serve 2 not-for-profit, community-owned electricity providers, Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), via 2 15-year power purchase arrangements (PPAs). LRE, CCCE as well as SVCE held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Rabbitbrush Solar Facility earlier today to celebrate the begin of operations at the facility.

" LRE is proud to companion with CCCE and also SVCE on a significant project that will provide significant financial and also ecological benefits," claimed Jason Allen, chief executive officer of LRE's. "Bringing this project online is an additional example of exactly how we manage our projects in alignment with our core values of shielding as well as valuing the setting in the communities where we run. Our emphasis gets on providing continuous value to neighborhood communities while building as well as keeping strong, long-lasting connections."

Rabbitbrush Solar will serve the demands of virtually 40,000 homes each year. In addition, as part of LRE's ongoing commitment to protecting as well as protecting the atmosphere, the company authorized an arrangement with the National Audubon Society as well as Kern Audubon Society to contribute $150,000 to a fund for the research study and conservation of the Swainson's Hawk in the Antelope Valley.

" Liable renewable energy advancement as well as wildlife conservation go hand in hand, and also LRE's contribution to the extremely crucial Swainson's Hawk Conservation Fund will certainly assist hawks in the Antelope Valley of California survive and also flourish," claimed Garry George, supervisor of the National Audubon Society's Clean Energy Initiative. "We delight in to collaborate with LRE as we progress environment conservation and clean energy in Kern and also Los Angeles Counties, as well as we anticipate partnering with various other business in the area to make certain renewable energy facilities stay clear of, reduce, and minimize the impacts on birds and also various other wildlife."

LRE additionally contributed financial as well as job advantages to Kern County, including thousands of hundreds of bucks through community donations as well as project costs that money crucial public services. Additionally, the project produced sales as well as property tax benefits, as well as developed 380 union jobs during peak building.

" The Rabbitbrush project is Central Coast Community Energy's 2nd solar + storage space power purchase arrangement to find online this year," said Rob Shaw, COO of CCCE. "Coupling solar generation with battery storage enables us to move closer to a decarbonized energy grid as well as statewide emission-reduction objectives. CCCE is dedicated to investing in development while delivering dependable energy to our customers."

The Rabbitbrush Solar Facility features ultra-low carbon, thin-film photovoltaic or pv solar modules that utilize less energy, water as well as semiconductor material. In addition, the project's 20-MW, 50-MWh battery energy storage space system is designed to support the resiliency and also reliability of the California electrical grid.

" Rabbitbrush aids Silicon Valley Clean Energy provide on its commitment to offer clean, economical, and trustworthy electrical power," claimed Monica Padilla, COO as well as director of Power sources at SVCE. "As SVCE communities move far from nonrenewable fuel sources to electrify homes and also buildings, new projects like Rabbitbrush that include carbon-free capacity and also dependability to the grid are key."

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