Leeward starts building 100-MW solar park in California
First Solar-powered PV park in California. Author: U.S. Department of the Interior.
Leeward Renewable Energy LLC on Tuesday announced that construction has been initiated on its 100-MW Rabbitbrush solar project in California’s Kern County.
Leeward, an owner and operator of roughly 2 GW of renewable power generation capacity, expects that the new solar farm will be completed by the end of July and become fully commissioned by the end of August 2022. It will be coupled with 20 MW/50 MWh of battery storage capacity.
The Rabbitbrush plant’s output will be sold to Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE). The community choice aggregators will buy the generated electricity under two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs).
McCarthy Building Companies is acting as the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. It will use more than 415,000 First Solar thin-film modules to build the plant, which is seen to produce enough power to cover the consumption of close to 40,000 homes per year.
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