Once fully-operational, the Bayshore projects are expected to generate enough clean energy to power more than 11,000 American homes. Source: sPower

Once fully-operational, the Bayshore projects are expected to generate enough clean energy to power more than 11,000 American homes. Source: sPower

Utah-headquartered independent power producer sPower has been awarded 20-year PPA contracts by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for 60MW of solar capacity in California.

The contracts are for three projects, named Bayshore A, B and C, which are all situated in Lancaster, southern California. They are to be constructed and commissioned next year. Once fully-operational, the Bayshore projects are expected to generate enough clean energy to power more than 11,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 124,000 tonnes per year, according to sPower calculations.

"We are excited to expand our relationship with PG&E to a total of more than 100MW of solar, helping them achieve their goals to deliver safe, reliable, clean energy to their customers," said Ryan Creamer, sPower CEO, in a statement.  "We admire PG&E's leadership in clean power transformation and are pleased to be part of the process."

The projects are consistent with the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) which stipulates that utilities should source a third of their electricity from clean sources by 2020. Utility-scale solar has been on the rise in California; surpassing wind for the first time in 2015

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