Leeward Renewable Energy, CCCE and SVCE Begins Construction on 100MW Solar Project
Leeward Renewable Energy, Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), announced that construction has commenced on the Rabbitbrush Solar project located in Kern County, California.
November 03, 2021. By News Bureau
Leeward previously signed two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with CCCE and SVCE.
McCarthy Building Companies, a national construction company serving as EPC (Engineer, Procure, Contractor) on the solar project, has initiated construction for the 100-megawatt (MW) Rabbitbrush facility, which also includes a 20 MW, 50 MWh battery energy storage system - bolstering the resiliency and reliability of the California energy grid.
The project will consist of over 415,000 First Solar thin-film photovoltaic modules.
The Rabbitbrush Solar Project will bring significant economic investment to Kern County, including benefits for local businesses. It is expected to generate roughly 300 new union jobs secured under a project labor agreement, during construction, as well as long-term operations jobs.
When fully operational, Rabbitbrush will generate enough clean solar energy to serve the needs of nearly 40,000 homes per year, displacing approximately 48,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually—the equivalent of taking 10,500 cars with internal combustion engines off the road.
“Starting construction on the Rabbitbrush facility is a monumental milestone for Leeward and is the first solar project we have constructed since integrating First Solar’s solar development platform in early 2021, with many more ahead,” said Jason Allen, Leeward’s Chief Executive Officer.
"With our shared commitment to environmental standards as we accelerate California's clean energy transition, we are excited to partner with Leeward and Silicon Valley Clean Energy on the California Rabbitbrush Solar Project,” shares Tom Habashi, CEO of Central Coast Community Energy.
“This project will contribute significantly to displacing greenhouse gas emissions, while providing clean energy jobs to Californians,” said Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO.
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