Desert Community Energy inks PPA for 50-MW solar park in California
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California electricity supplier Desert Community Energy (DCE) said on Tuesday it has sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 50-MW solar park project in its home state, to be coupled with 200 MWh of battery storage.
The 20-year contract is tied to the Deer Creek project being executed by Vesper Energy, which was formerly part of Australia's Lendlease Group and is now owned by Illinois-based hedge fund Magnetar Capital.
Community choice aggregator DCE has committed to buying the entire output of the photovoltaic (PV) park, which is due to begin construction next year and start generating electricity in 2023. Via the agreement, Palm Springs-based DCE will support its goal of delivering carbon-free power to its clients in the City of Palm Springs. The PV plant's output is expected to be nearly 190,000 MWh in the first year of operation.
The solar-storage complex will be installed in California’s Tulare County.
In February, DCE signed long-term PPAs with Terra-Gen LLC to buy power from three of its wind farms in Palm Springs.
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