CIM Group Commissions First 125 MW Phase of Aquamarine Solar Project

CIM Group announced that the first 125-megawatt phase of the Aquamarine solar photovoltaic project at Westlands Solar Park (WSP) has reached commercial operation and is fulfilling its energy contract obligations with Valley Clean Energy Alliance and Silicon Valley Power.

October 04, 2021. By News Bureau

CIM Group announced that the first 125-megawatt phase of the Aquamarine solar photovoltaic project at Westlands Solar Park (WSP) has reached commercial operation and is fulfilling its energy contract obligations with Valley Clean Energy Alliance and Silicon Valley Power.

Aquamarine’s second 125-megawatt phase will be complete and operational by year-end.

“Bringing clean solar power to California from Aquamarine is a major milestone in the realization of the full potential of our 20,000-acre Westlands Solar Park. As one of the largest solar projects in the U.S., Westlands Solar Park, at full build-out, will have the capacity to deliver 2.7 gigawatts of renewable energy, a substantial resource to utilities and businesses advancing their plans to reduce carbon emissions and meet California’s renewable energy goals,” said Avi Shemesh, Co-Founder and Principal, CIM Group.

Achieving commercial operation follows the approval by Pacific Gas & Electric authorizing Cal-ISO to connect Aquamarine to the power grid. Cal-ISO in turn authorized Aquamarine to begin synchronization and start a power generation test project providing power to the grid.

The several week test period was successfully concluded and Aquamarine officially began commercial operations on September 17.

Aquamarine is now generating power to deliver on its previously executed Power Purchase Agreements including a 50-megawatt contract with Valley Clean Energy Alliance, the City of Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley Power) for renewable energy credits (REC) associated with 75 megawatts of capacity.

CIM Group is currently negotiating additional PPAs with other potential counterparties for Aquamarine and future phases at WSP.

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