New solar + battery storage projects to support California’s grid transition

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Monterey and Sunnyvale, Calif. – Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) have executed seven power purchase agreements, equating to 778 MW of energy generation between the two Community Choice Aggregators (CCA). These long-term contracts are a result of the Request for Offers (RFO) jointly issued by the CCA agencies in 2019 and 2020.

The joint contracts include one wind, one solar, and three solar-plus-storage projects. The solar and solar-plus-storage projects are new builds and will add new generation capacity to the California grid on behalf of the CCA’s combined 670,000 customers.

In addition to the joint procurement effort the two agencies signed individual contracts for two separate projects. CCCE signed a power purchase agreement with Idemitsu Renewables for 70 MW of solar and 17.5 MW of battery storage from the Jasmine project in Kern County, CA and SVCE signed a contract with Terra-Gen LLC. to receive 77.7 MW of wind energy from three existing wind facilities in Kern County, CA.

“CCAs are a leading force in California’s efforts to reach a zero-carbon grid. CCCE and SVCE’s joint procurement of 778 MW of clean electricity and 118.75 MW of storage, the majority of which is new capacity, exemplifies the value CCAs are providing as they spur the creation of green jobs and economic growth throughout California,” said Beth Vaughan, executive director of the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA). “Leveraging partnerships will continue to be a crucial piece of the clean energy transition as we look to increase grid resilience and reliability.”

The CCAs have selected a combination of generation sources that complement each other to s