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Leeward Renewable Energy developing a 102-MW solar + storage project in California

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 01st October

Peninsula Clean Energy entered a 15-year solar + storage PPA involving Leeward Renewable Energy’s 102-MW Chaparral Solar Facility in Kern County, California. As part of the agreement, Peninsula Clean Energy will also purchase the energy and capacity from Chaparral’s 52-MW/208 MWh battery storage system.

Peninsula Clean Energy’s board of directors approved the PPA on September 25, which is the organization’s first to involve a solar + storage project. The Chaparral project will enable Peninsula Clean Energy to take another step toward its goal of delivering 100% renewable energy generation to its customers across San Mateo County and the City of Los Banos.

“While we continue to elevate the amount of solar, wind, geothermal and other clean generation, the storage capacity of this agreement is vital to ensuring we are getting closer to our ultimate goal of providing 24/7 emission-free renewable power to our customers by 2025,” said Jan Pepper, CEO of Peninsula Clean Energy.

Construction of the facility will begin in December 2021 and the project is expected to begin delivering energy to Peninsula Clean Energy by December 2023. Leeward will own and operate the facility.

“Leeward is very excited to build on its partnership with Peninsula Clean Energy in providing affordable and reliable renewable energy to its customers as well as helping the agency achieve its ambitious energy goals,” said Leeward’s senior VP of development, Kathryn Arbeit. “This agreement represents another critical step forward in the region’s transition to dispatchable clean energy and also showcases Leeward’s expanding solar and energy storage capabilities and growing footprint in California’s Antelope Valley.”

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