Leeward, VCE Ink 15-Yr Solar+Storage PPA in California
Leeward Renewable Energy and Valley Clean Energy announced that they have entered into a 15-year solar-plus-storage Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) involving Leeward’s 72-megawatt (MW) solar and 36 MW (144 megawatt-hour) battery storage Willow Springs 3 facility in Kern County, California.
October 20, 2021. By News Bureau
VCE’s board of directors approved the PPA on October 14. The Willow Springs 3 project will supply enough reliable, clean electricity for approximately 27% of VCE’s 125,000 customers in Yolo County, CA by the end of 2023.
The agreement will also support VCE in achieving its goal of having a 100 percent carbon-neutral portfolio by 2030. As part of the agreement, Leeward will contribute to VCE’s local workforce development and sustainability efforts in Yolo and Kern counties to support local hiring and training.
“Valley Clean Energy is proud to announce our partnership with Leeward in the Willow Springs 3 project,” said Dan Carson, VCE’s Board Chair and Davis City Councilmember.
Willow Springs 3 will generate significant economic benefits for Kern County and create about 300 high-quality local jobs during construction.
This announcement builds on Leeward’s momentum in the Antelope Valley, marking its fourth PPA serving the renewable energy needs of leading Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) from its solar projects in Kern County.
“Willow Springs 3 will further enhance our ability to provide Californians with a cleaner, more reliable power grid. We are very excited to partner with Valley Clean Energy to not only expand the use of renewable energy throughout California, but also deliver additional benefits to the residents of Kern and Yolo Counties through local workforce engagement and sustainability initiatives,” said Leeward’s Senior Vice President of Development, Kathryn Arbeit.
Leeward will own and operate the facility. Construction will begin December 2021 and the project is expected to begin delivering energy to Valley Clean Energy by December 2023.
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