Terra-Gen installs 115 MW of solar + storage for San José Clean Energy

San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) and developer Terra Gen celebrate that SJCE’s first long-term renewable energy investment – a new 115 MW solar and battery storage project in Kern County, California – will deliver power on December 31, 2021. The Kern Solar and Battery Storage Project built by Terra-Gen provides power to SJCE customers in a unique format: fixed supply of 62 MW of renewable energy, every day between 06:00 and 22:00. SJCE signed a contract with Terra-Gen for a 12-year PPA in April 2020 and the project came online on schedule and was built with unionized work.

This will support grid reliability, help reduce dependence on power plants that produce harmful emissions and improve air quality by delivering renewable energy in the late afternoon and evening hours when electricity demand is high but renewable energy availability is low.

“SJCE is proud to bring new renewable energy to the California grid through this innovative project, reaching this milestone in less than three years since becoming the local power generation provider,” said Lori Mitchell, Director of Community Energy Department of San José, which operates SJCE. “Our community is at the heart of the work we do, and we are excited to contribute to healthier air and a livable planet for the families of today and tomorrow.”

As the city’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), SJCE provides electricity generation for approximately 350,000 homes and businesses. SJCE offers clean, renewable energy options at competitive rates. GreenSource, SJCE’s standard service option, is currently 60% sourced from renewable energy, up from 45% in 2019.

In addition to this unique solar agreement, SJCE and Terra-Gen have signed a 15-year PPA contract for an additional 100 MW of new solar energy. This project is expected to be commissioned commercially in late 2022 and will also be built in Kern County with union work. SJCE is also one of the CCAs that have signed a contract to purchase nearly 70 MW of long-term storage by 2026.

News report from the city of San Jose

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