Clearway Energy Launches 482MW Solar-Plus-Storage Facility in California
Clearway Energy plans to continue expanding the Daggett facility, with a third phase of development adding an extra 113.5MW of battery capacity set to come online in 2025.
October 26, 2023. By News Bureau
Clearway Energy plans to continue expanding the Daggett facility, with a third phase of development adding an extra 113.5MW of battery capacity set to come online in 2025. The company has already inked agreements with six load serving entities to purchase power generated at the project.
Ted Bardacke, CEO of the Clean Power Alliance (CPA), one of the entities acquiring power from the Daggett facility, highlighted the challenges faced during the project's development, including the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain delays, and global crises such as the war in Ukraine. The facility is expected to provide power to approximately 85,000 homes in Southern California.
California has ambitious renewable energy goals, aiming to meet 100 percent of its energy demand with clean sources by 2045. Solar generation in California has grown significantly, with a twentyfold increase between 2012 and 2022. In 2021, 37 percent of the state's electricity came from solar and wind, according to the California Energy Commission.
The partnership between Clearway Energy and Wärtsilä has played a crucial role in this project and others. Wärtsilä supplied and integrated the battery energy storage system (BESS) equipment, and they have collaborated on various solar-plus-storage projects, including two large-scale plants in Hawaii. Wärtsilä signed an agreement in 2022 to provide 500MW/2,000MWh of BESS across five Clearway projects, with two more California sites in the pipeline.
With battery storage capacity rapidly increasing in California from 250MW in 2019 to 5GW in 2023, as per the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) – the state is pushing for further growth, targeting a capacity of 52GW by mid-century.
The Daggett project's BESS is a substantial addition to California's storage capacity and contributes to the state's efforts to meet its renewable energy goals.
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