Valley Clean Energy signs PPA on 73-MW California solar + storage project

California Electricity Supplier Valley clean energy (VCE) has entered into a 15-year purchase agreement for solar energy + storage energy on Leeward Renewable EnergyWillow Springs 3’s 72-MW solar and 36-MW (144 mWh) battery storage facility in Kern County.

The Willow Springs 3 project will provide enough clean electricity for approximately 27% of VCE’s 125,000 customers in Yolo County by the end of 2023. The agreement also supports VCE’s goal to have a 100% 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 recruitment and training.

“Valley Clean Energy is proud to announce our partnership with Leeward on the Willow Springs 3 project,” said Dan Carson, VCE’s board chair and Davis City City Councilor. “The urgency of climate change requires us to add more new renewable energy sources to the grid, but our mission doesn’t end there. Bringing additional benefits to our community is a priority for VCE, and this agreement empowers our communities where we need it most: with clean energy and good jobs.”

Willow Springs 3 will bring significant economic benefits to Kern County and create approximately 300 local jobs during construction. This announcement builds on Leeward’s momentum in the Antelope Valley and marks its fourth PPA serving the renewable energy needs of community choice aggregators of its Kern County solar projects.

“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 provide additional benefits to the residents of Kern and Yolo Counties through local employee engagement and sustainability initiatives.” said Kathryn Arbeit, senior VP of development at Leeward.

Leeward will own and operate the facility. Construction will begin in December 2021 and the project is expected to supply power to VCE in December 2023.

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