United States ROUND-UP: 250MW project finished in California, Black & Veatch safeguards Texas EPC contract

Feb 4, 2022 12:29 PM ET
  • A round-up of the latest information from the US solar market, including the completion of a 250MW plant in California, an EPC offer for Black & Veatch in Texas and also a new PPA from DESRI.
United States ROUND-UP: 250MW project finished in California, Black & Veatch safeguards Texas EPC contract
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Initial phase of 2.7 GW solar park completed in California

1 February 2022: Commercial operation has actually been gotten to at the first phase of a California solar park that could at some point get to more than 2.7 GW of generation capacity.

Real estate investment firm CIM Group this week commemorated the completion of the 250MW Aquamarine plant, the initial phase of the 20,000-acre Westlands Solar Park located in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Aquamarine is currently supplying on power purchase arrangements (PPAs) with off-takers including the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Valley Clean Energy Alliance and also the City of Santa Clara.

CIM Group said was negotiating additional PPAs with other prospective counterparties for Aquamarine as well as future projects within Westlands Solar Park, a few of which it expects to start construction on this year.

" We anticipate that roughly US$ 3 billion will certainly be bought establishing projects within Westlands Solar Park as we full build-out," claimed Avi Shemesh, CIM Group founder and principal.

Black & Veatch safeguards EPC contract for Texas plant

27 January 2022: Black & Veatch has been selected to give engineering, purchase and construction (EPC) services for a 270MW solar project in Texas.

Covering 2 surrounding sites near Waco, the Project Parker installation is being developed by oil pipe operator Buckeye Partners as part of efforts to expand its renewables portfolio.

Set to include greater than 500,000 solar panels, the plant results from be finished in early 2023.

Additionally in Texas, Black & Veatch's Diode Ventures subsidiary got to monetary close on a 140MW solar plant last year.

DESRI indications PPA for Louisiana solar plant

1 February 2022: Solar programmer as well as operator D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) has authorized a PPA with utility Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) for a 72.5 MWac PV project in Louisiana.

Anticipated to come online in late 2024, the Vivacious R solar plant will be backed by a 20-year offtake take care of SWEPCO, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP).

Standing for DESRI's first agreement with SWEPCO, Rocking R becomes part of the programmer's gotten portfolio of 500MW of solar projects in Louisiana, where it lately began on two plants with an incorporated capacity of 70MW.

PV Tech reported last month that New York-headquartered DESRI is preparing to elevate approximately US$ 100 million in an initial public offering.

Mississippi Power issues request for propositions

1 February 2022: Mississippi Power has actually provided an ask for propositions (RFP) for solar PV projects with a capacity of at least 20MWac.

The utility said it will think about propositions for 25-year term PPAs from bidders that are not connected with it or its parent company, Southern Company.

The sources have to be situated in Mississippi and be directly adjoined with Mississippi Power's transmission system, with the utility to get all the environmental characteristics from the projects.

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