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Peninsula Clean Energy says 200-MW Californian solar farm starts operation

Wright solar park, California Image by Peninsula Clean Energy

January 23 (Renewables Now) - Peninsula Clean Energy, electricity provider for San Mateo County, California, on Wednesday said the 200-MW Wright solar farm has become operational this month. 

The solar park, located in the Central Valley, will generate power for Peninsula Clean Energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and is the biggest renewable energy plant ever built for a community choice aggregation (CCA) agency, according to the statement. The facility, which consists of about 650,000 panels, will provide enough power to meet the consumption of over 100,000 households in San Mateo County.

The solar farm is owned by renewable energy equipment maker Centaurus Renewable Energy LLC. Swinerton Renewable Energy built the facility, while Clenera LLC manages the construction and operations.  

The project’s completion comes as California’s 19 CCAs have on average added about 1 GW annually in long-term renewable energy PPAs, and are expected to make long-term investments in more than 10 GW of new renewable energy projects and energy storage by 2030, the company said.

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