New Projects Include CPA’s Largest Solar and Storage Project to Date
Los Angeles, CA–In the wake of high heat and statewide Flex Alerts, Clean Power Alliance (CPA) advanced two new solar plus storage projects that will increase California’s grid reliability. The CPA Board of Directors approved the Rexford 1 Solar & Storage Center and Chalan Solar plus Storage projects last Thursday.
The two projects will add a combined 365 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity and 205 MW of battery storage to CPA’s long-term portfolio, generating enough electricity to power 158,000 Southern California homes, approximately 8.5% of CPA’s overall demand, with 100% carbon-free energy. With these projects, CPA continues to surpass California’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction mandates by adding new in-state renewable energy sources and reliable evening peak capacity to the state’s electricity grid.
CPA plans to continue its expansion of clean energy and storage supply with additional projects currently under negotiation through CPA’s 2019 Reliability Request for Offers and 2019 Clean Energy Request for Offers. CPA will be releasing its next annual clean energy solicitation in mid-October.
“Batteries are the cleanest and smartest way to reduce grid stress-induced outages in the future,” said Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, Clean Power Alliance. “We are committed to aggressively ramping up battery storage investments so that our customers always have reliable electricity while we continue the statewide transition to a clean energy future.”
The Rexford 1 project is the largest solar plus storage project CPA has contracted to date. Based in Tulare County, the project will supply 300 MW of solar power to the grid and 180 MW/540 megawatt-hours (MWh) of battery storage capacity under a 15-year contract with 8minute Solar Energy. The project will create approximately 400 well-paying union construction jobs, with construction beginning in early 2022 and the facility coming online in late 2023.
“Clean Power Alliance’s focus on energy storage is evidence that they share our vision of forging a truly reliable and 100% clean energy grid,” said Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, Founder and CEO of 8minute. “We are proud to bring our strong track record of developing and building industry leading solar plus storage power plants to this partnership, and to work together with the state’s largest community choice energy provider to increase energy storage and provide Californians with clean, reliable and low-cost electricity – day and night.”
Located in Kern County, the Chalan solar plus storage project will supply 64.9 MW of solar and 25 MW/100 MWh of battery storage capacity under a 15-year contract with Origis Energy. It will create 100 construction jobs and will come online in December 2023.
“The Origis team is honored to collaborate with CPA and proud that our Chalan Solar + Storage Project will help supply their environmentally conscious customers”, said Edwin C. Moses, Origis’ Managing Director of Project Development. “Solar plus storage on this scale will help CPA, and California overall, achieve its renewable energy goals.”
Clean Power Alliance believes in a clean energy future that is local, where communities are empowered, and customers are given a choice about the source of their energy. Clean Power Alliance serves approximately one million customer accounts and has more customers on 100% renewable energy rate plans than any other electricity company in the country. Visit www.cleanpoweralliance.org for more information.
As a nationwide leader solar-plus-storage, 8minute Solar Energy (8minute) is championing the clean energy transition in the United States and shaping the future of energy. Since its founding in 2009, 8minute has successfully put 2 GW of solar projects into operation and currently has over 18 GW of solar and storage projects under development. By focusing on technology and engineering innovation, 8minute’s best-in-class team has continued to set new industry records, developing the largest solar plant in the nation starting in 2012, delivering the first operational solar plant in the U.S. to beat fossil fuel prices in 2016, and setting the records for the lowest cost solar and solar-plus-storage projects in 2019. As the largest solar developer in the country with an established track record of delivering above-market profitability, 8minute is pioneering a new generation of large-scale, fully dispatchable solar power. For more information, please visitwww.8minute.com, and follow 8minute on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Origis Energy is bringing clean and cost effective solar and energy storage solutions within reach for utility, commercial and industrial as well as public sector clients. The Origis team has worked to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are upheld in