July 20 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables North America said on Thursday it has struck a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for its 70-MW Desert Harvest II solar project in California.
The North American unit of French renewable energy group EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has signed the 25-year PPA with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) under a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) plus Index structure. In addition, the company has inked a long-term financial hedge for power with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc.
Located in Riverside County, Desert Harvest II will utilize horizontal single-axis tracking photovoltaic (PV) technology. Expected to go online in 2020, the PV facility will generate enough power to meet the annual demand of 35,000 homes and offset 173,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
The project comes with a 35-MW, 4-hour energy storage system (ESS).