Leeward Renewable Power Begins Building on 100-megawatt Rabbitbrush Photo voltaic Challenge
Challenge will present 20 MW, 50 MWh vitality storage system bolstering grid reliability
Dallas, TX, Monterey, CA and Sunnyvale, CA – November 2, 2021 – Leeward Renewable Power, Central Coast Neighborhood Power (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clear Power (SVCE), at this time introduced that building has commenced on the Rabbitbrush Photo voltaic mission situated in Kern County, California. Leeward beforehand signed two 15-year energy buy agreements (PPAs) with CCCE and SVCE.
McCarthy Constructing Corporations, a nationwide building firm serving as EPC (Engineer, Procure, Contractor) on the photo voltaic mission, has initiated building for the 100-megawatt (MW) Rabbitbrush facility, which additionally features a 20 MW, 50 MWh battery vitality storage system – bolstering the resiliency and reliability of the California vitality grid. The mission will include over 415,000 First Photo voltaic thin-film photovoltaic modules.
The Rabbitbrush Photo voltaic Challenge will carry important financial funding to Kern County, together with advantages for native companies. It’s anticipated to generate roughly 300 new union jobs secured below a mission labor settlement, throughout building, in addition to long-term operations jobs. When totally operational, Rabbitbrush will generate sufficient clear photo voltaic vitality to serve the wants of almost 40,000 houses per 12 months, displacing roughly 48,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) yearly—the equal of taking 10,500 automobiles with inner combustion engines off the highway.
“Beginning building on the Rabbitbrush facility is a monumental milestone for Leeward and is the primary photo voltaic mission now we have constructed since integrating First Photo voltaic’s photo voltaic growth platform in early 2021, with many extra forward,” stated Jason Allen, Leeward’s Chief Government Officer. “We’re proud to accomplice with not-for-profit, community-owned electrical energy suppliers SVCE and CCCE to ship clear, dependable renewable energy to their prospects and play a key position in advancing California’s zero carbon vitality targets.”
“With our shared dedication to environmental requirements as we speed up California’s clear vitality transition, we’re excited to accomplice with Leeward and Silicon Valley Clear Power on the California Rabbitbrush Photo voltaic Challenge,” shares Tom Habashi, CEO of Central Coast Neighborhood Power. “This photo voltaic + storage mission reaffirms CCCE’s aim of sourcing renewable vitality on behalf of the Central Coast.”
“This mission will contribute considerably to displacing greenhouse fuel emissions, whereas offering clear vitality jobs to Californians,” stated Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO. “Leeward and SVCE’s imaginative and prescient for this mission align intently with our mission of offering communities with reasonably priced, renewable electrical energy, whereas additionally serving to to reliably transition to a clear grid.”
Building on the Rabbitbrush Photo voltaic Challenge is anticipated to be accomplished by finish of July 2022 and the ability is estimated to start operation by the top of August 2022.
CCCE and SVCE are California Neighborhood Alternative Aggregators (CCAs), procuring clear, renewable electrical energy and offering decarbonization program funding to 670,000 prospects. As a brand new solar-plus-storage facility, the Rabbitbrush mission will assist the CCAs obtain their a part of a latest order for the state to construct a minimum of 11.5 GW of recent sources by 2026 (CPUC D.21-06-035).
About Central Coast Neighborhood Power
Central Coast Neighborhood Power is a public company that sources competitively priced electrical energy from clear and renewable vitality sources. CCCE is regionally managed and ruled by board members who symbolize every group served by the company. Income generated by CCCE stays native and helps maintain electrical energy charges reasonably priced for patrons, whereas additionally funding modern vitality packages designed to decrease greenhouse fuel emissions and stimulate financial growth. CCCE serves greater than 400,000 prospects all through the Central Coast, together with residential, industrial and agricultural prospects in communities situated inside Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. Be taught extra at 3CEnergy.org and on social media, together with Fb, Instagram and Twitter @3CEnergy.
About Leeward Renewable Power, LLC
Leeward Renewable Power is a number one renewable vitality firm that owns and operates a portfolio of 21 renewable vitality services throughout 9 states totaling roughly 2,000 megawatts of producing capability. Leeward is actively creating new wind, photo voltaic, and vitality storage tasks in vitality markets throughout the U.S., with 17 gigawatts below growth spanning over 100 tasks. Leeward is a portfolio firm of OMERS Infrastructure, an funding arm of OMERS, one in every of Canada’s largest outlined profit pension plans with C$114 billion in web belongings (as at June 30, 2021). For extra data, go to www.leewardenergy.com.
About Silicon Valley Clear Power
Silicon Valley Clear Power is a not-for-profit, community-owned company offering clear electrical energy from renewable and carbon-free sources to greater than 270,000 residential and industrial prospects in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions. As a public company, web revenues are returned to the group to maintain charges aggressive and promote clear vitality packages. Silicon Valley Clear Power is advancing modern options to struggle local weather change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Be taught extra at SVCleanEnergy.org.
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