CPS clinches 180-MW solar PPA with Kenlov Ashtrom Renewable

The Lamesa solar park in Texas. Source: Southern Company (www.southerncompany.com).

September 22 (Renewables Now) - US independent power producer Kenlov Ashtrom Renewable Energy LLC has struck a deal with CPS Energy, the municipal electric utility serving the city of San Antonio, Texas, to sell electricity from 180 MW of solar power capacity in Texas.

The 20-year contract will see the electric and natural gas utility procure electricity from the 305-MW Tierra Bonita photovoltaic (PV) park, it said on Wednesday.

The solar farm will be installed in West Texas’ Pecos County, with its construction scheduled to begin early next year. The scheme was developed by Kenlov Ashtrom’s partner OnPeak Power.

The power off-take deal supports CPS Energy’s goal to add up to 900 MW of solar power generation, up to 50 MW of energy storage and up to 500 MW of firming capacity to its power mix under the FlexPOWER Bundle initiative. It is the second one signed under the programme after the initial 300-MW agreement with Consolidated Edison Development in May.

More contracts as part of the initiative are due to be signed within the next few months, the utility said.

Kenlov Ashtrom Renewable Energy is jointly owned by Tel Aviv-based independent power producer Kenlov Renewable Energy and Israeli construction and real estate group Ashtrom Renewable Energy.

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