8minutenergy Renewables, LLC has reached an agreement on a 27-year contract with the City of Palo Alto Utilities that would sell 25MW of power generated from the PV developer’s Hayworth Solar Farm in Kern County, California to the city of Palo Alto.
The move was carried out by 65HK 8me, LLC, a subsidiary of 8minutenergy Renewables. The solar farm will be developed, constructed and operated by 8minutenergy.
Martin Hermann, chief executive officer of 8minutenergy Renewables, said: “8minutenergy is proud to provide clean renewable energy to the city most identified with technological innovation in the world, and one that is highly committed to using environmentally friendly energy. In addition, Hayworth Solar Farm will create approximately 200 direct and 150 indirect jobs during construction in Kern County, and contribute to the local economy.”
The Hayworth Solar farm will be constructed on a 80.9 hectare site of farmland and is expected to begin construction in late 2014, with a completion date scheduled for mid-2015. The plant is expected to displace around 70,500 metric tonnes of CO2 annually.
Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy Renewables, said: “The annual production of approximately 63 million kilowatt hours (kWhs) of electricity by Hayworth Solar Farm will generate clean renewable solar energy that will power nearly 12,000 households in one of the most progressive cities in the country. We appreciate the support this project has received from state, county and local officials, and look forward to continuing to develop the Hayworth Solar Farm.”
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the PPA was awaiting CPUC approval. CPUC has no jurisdiction over the City of Palo Alto’s municipal utility.