sPower signs 105MW PPA with California community clean energy choice group

Image: sPower.

A 105MWac solar power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed by a California-based community energy group with independent power producer sPower.

MCE, a ‘community choice aggregation’ programme launched in 2010 to serve two counties, Napa and Marin, and six cities, Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo and Walnut Creek. It allows residents to collectively purchase cleaner power. This includes programmes that allow customers to choose whether they want to go for 100% local solar, 50% renewable or 100% renewable energy. They can also choose to opt out of MCE’s programme altogether and buy their power from utility PG&E – which will still be 30% renewable.

Under the terms of the latest 20-year PPA, Salt Lake City-headquartered sPower will generate PV electricity from 300,000+ panels at the still-to-be-built Antelope Expansion 2 in Lancaster, northern Los Angeles County. The facility’s start of commercial operations will be in late 2018. The installation will use single-axis trackers and will generate 312,698,000 kWh annually. The project could employ 400 workers at the peak of construction.

“We are excited for our first project with sPower. Their reputation for responsible renewable energy development supports MCE’s goal to address climate change by offering our members responsibly-generated, competitively-priced clean power. Together we are producing cleaner energy sources for California and creating local and union jobs,” MCE’s CEO Dawn Weisz said.  

The deal is the latest in a string of PPAs for sPower, which has just announced one for 49.5MW of wind power. The company also closed US$434 million in tax equity and debt financing for solar projects last month. 

Read Next

September 26, 2022
NextEra’s 485MW solar PV co-located plant has reached full commercial operation in Riverside County, California, according to the US DOI.
September 22, 2022
EDP Renewables North America has started construction on a 240MW utility-scale solar PV project in Milam County, Texas.
September 19, 2022
RE+, which will run until Thursday (22 September), kicked off today in Anaheim, California, with people filtering into the grounds of the conference centre, although many exhibitions and booths are still being built.
September 19, 2022
California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a proposed community solar programme into law that will help low income communities benefit more from solar PV.
September 16, 2022
Residential solar installer SunPower has made minor investments in solar dealers Renova Energy and EmPower Solar.
September 15, 2022
US solar developer Pine Gate Renewables has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 1GW of utility-scale solar PV in late-stage development in the US

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
September 27, 2022
15:30 AEST (UTC +10)
Solar Media Events
October 4, 2022
New York, USA
On-Demand Webinars, Solar Media Events
October 11, 2022
Virtual event
Upcoming Webinars
October 18, 2022
10am (EDT) / 4pm (CEST)