San Diego Community Power and also RAI Energy Announce Integrated 100 MW Solar Energy as well as 150 MW Storage Space Project

May 5, 2021 11:15 AM ET
  • San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community option energy program serving five cities in the San Diego area, participated in a power acquisition contract with an associate of RAI Energy International, Inc.

The project is located in Imperial County, California and is an integrated 100 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic or pv solar energy project as well as up to 150 MW/600 MWh of battery energy storage space that will give San Diego Community Power with a 20-year supply of renewable resource, aid satisfy peak summer demand, and support grid dependability. With this first project, called the Vikings Energy Farm, SDCP delivers on its pledge of buying regional renewable resource projects that support economic development as well as local jobs.

San Diego Community Power was created in Fall 2019 as well as released electricity supply solutions last month for local consumers in the five-member cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, and also San Diego. The program offers local control as well as customer choice concerning energy decisions on a large scale for the very first time in the region's history.

Under the terms of the power purchase agreement, RAI Energy's Vikings Energy Farm project will certainly help SDCP power the equivalent of 50,000 houses.

" We are enjoyed be delivering on our assurance to invest in projects that supply more renewable energy to our clients and also support local jobs and economic development," stated Joe Mosca, Encinitas Councilmember as well as Chair of the San Diego Community Power Board. "The Vikings Energy Farm project will certainly provide tidy energy when we require it most while supporting our objective of acquiring 100 percent renewable resource to our consumers by 2035 or earlier."

RAI Energy, through its associate Vikings Energy Farm LLC, will certainly create, design, authorization, construct, own, and operate the suggested project. The website lies beside Holtville, Calif. in the heart of the Imperial Valley. Showcasing the shared commitment to the local community, the project was called after the Holtville High School Vikings mascot. RAI Energy is collaborating with the community to create a scholarship program benefitting Holtville pupils. Construction on the Vikings Energy Farm is expected to start in the autumn of 2022, with commercial operations anticipated to begin in the summer season of 2023. RAI Energy has a union labor agreement in place and also is anticipated to use in excess of 250 union workers at peak building and construction.

"Vikings Energy Farm stands for the future of how we deal with climate modification and increase renewable energy. By incorporating solar as well as energy storage space, RAI Energy will certainly be able to inject renewable energy right into the grid when it is most required to aid guarantee reliability as well as resiliency," claimed RAI Energy and also CEO Mohammed Alrai. "We are proud to partner with San Diego Community Power on this turning point project and we remain dedicated to helping power California with tidy, reliable solar power and also storage," proceeded Alrai.

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