Leeward seals PPA for 72-MW solar-plus-storage project in California

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October 19 (Renewables Now) - Leeward Renewable Energy LLC has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Valley Clean Energy (VCE) tied to a 72-MW solar park in California that has 36 MW/144 MWh of battery storage capacity.

Specifically, the 15-year contract concerns Leeward’s Willow Springs 3 facility in Kern County, which is expected to enter construction in December and start delivering electricity to VCE by December 2023. Leeward, a portfolio company of Omers Infrastructure, will own and operate the plant.

VCE is a not-for-profit public agency that offers electrical generation service to customers in Woodland, Davis, Winters and the unincorporated areas of Yolo County. The Willow Springs 3 contract will ensure enough power supply for it to serve about 27% of its 125,000 customers in Yolo County, it said.

This is Leeward’s fourth PPA with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) to be served by its solar projects in Kern County. A few weeks back, Leeward inked a similar deal with Peninsula Clean Energy.

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