Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 07th May
The community choice energy program serving five cities in the San Diego region, San Diego Community Power (SDCP), entered into a PPA with an affiliate of RAI Energy. Located in Imperial County, California, the Vikings Energy Farm is an integrated 100 MW PV solar energy project and up to 150 MW/600 MWh of battery energy storage. The project will provide San Diego Community Power with a 20-year supply of renewable energy, help meet peak summer demand, and support grid reliability. With this first project SDCP delivers on its promise of investing in regional renewable energy projects that support economic development and local jobs.
San Diego Community Power was formed in the fall of 2019 and launched electricity supply services in April of 2021 for municipal customers in the five-member cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, and San Diego. The program provides local control and consumer choice regarding energy decisions on a large scale for the first time in the region’s history.
“We are thrilled to be delivering on our promise to invest in projects that deliver more renewable energy to our customers and support regional jobs and economic development,” said Joe Mosca, Encinitas Councilmember and Chair of the San Diego Community Power Board. “The Vikings Energy Farm project will provide clean energy when we need it most while supporting our goal of procuring 100 percent renewable energy to our customers by 2035 or sooner.”
Under the terms of the PPA, RAI Energy’s Vikings Energy Farm project will help SDCP power the equivalent of 50,000 homes.
“Vikings Energy Farm represents the future of how we fight climate change and increase renewable energy. By combining solar and energy storage, RAI Energy will be able to inject renewable energy into the grid when it is most needed to help ensure reliability and resiliency,” said RAI Energy and CEO Mohammed Alrai. “We are proud to partner with San Diego Community Power on this milestone project and we remain committed to helping power California with clean, reliable solar energy and storage,” continued Alrai.
RAI Energy, through its affiliate Vikings Energy Farm LLC, will develop, design, permit, construct, own, and operate the proposed project. The site is located adjacent to Holtville, Calif. in the heart of the Imperial Valley. Showcasing the shared commitment to the local community, the project was named after the Holtville High School Vikings mascot. RAI Energy is working with the community to develop a scholarship program benefitting Holtville students. Construction on the Vikings Energy Farm is expected to begin in the fall of 2022, with commercial operations expected to begin in the summer of 2023. RAI Energy has a union labor agreement in place and is expected to employ over 250 union workers at peak construction.