8minute inks aggregated PPA for solar-storage complex in California
The Springbok solar plant. Source: 8minutenergy Renewables LLC
8minute Solar Energy has won a bid to sell the electricity from a 200-MW solar project in California’s Kern County that will be coupled with 150 MWh of battery storage.
US solar-plus-storage developer said on Tuesday it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with community choice aggregators Monterey Bay Community Power Authority (MBCP) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) covering its Aratina Solar Center. The PPA was inked following a joining request for offers (RfO) launched by MBCP and SVCE last April.
Under the deal, MBCP will get the output of a 120-MW portion of the solar farm, as well as 30 MW of battery capacity, while SVCE has contracted 80 MW of the capacity and 20 MW of the energy storage. The battery discharge duration for both parties will be three hours.
The Aratina Solar Center is planned to be brought online before end-2023, generating enough electricity to supply 93,000 homes while offsetting 430,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually. It will serve between 7% and 8% of MBCP’s and 6.6% of SVCE’s annual retail loads.
The construction of the power plant is currently underway, 8minute Solar said.
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