EDF Renewables and Clean Power Alliance sign PPA for Desert Quartzite solar + storage project

EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) and Clean Power Alliance (CPA) have announced the signing of a 15-year PPA for the Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage project. The project, consisting of a 300 MWAC solar power project, combined with a 600 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS), is expected to begin supplying clean electricity to CPA’s customers in Los Angeles and Ventura County in February 2024. CPA’s board of directors approved the long-term contract at its September meeting.

The Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage Project is located on unincorporated land in Riverside County, California, administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM has designated this area as a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, land set aside for utility-scale renewable energy development. The project will use horizontal single-axis tracking solar PV technology; and is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs.

Pairing the solar installation with an energy storage solution allows the electricity produced during peak sun hours to be sent later in the day, balancing electricity generation and demand. Energy storage can further flatten electricity prices and ensure grid stability in an environmentally friendly way.

“The clean, reliable energy we will receive from the Desert Quartzite facility is a perfect fit with our mission to improve the lives and environments of our customers and communities,” said Ted Bardacke, executive director of Clean Power Alliance. “Our board of directors has identified solar + storage as key to our continued growth and as a means to further improve reliability for our millions of customers. This project will also create many more green jobs here in Southern California.”

News release from EDF Renewables North America

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