Peninsula Clean Energy takes big step closer to 24/7 renewable energy goal

Peninsula Clean Energy has entered into its second 15-year agreement to purchase zero-emission solar and battery storage from a single project, a significant step towards the organization’s goal of providing customers with renewable electricity 24/7.

Peninsula reached an agreement to purchase power with Arica Solar, including 100 MW of solar power and 50 MW (200 MWh) of four-hour lithium-ion battery storage, allowing solar energy to be used even when the sun isn’t shining. The project, which will be developed and owned by Clearway Energy Group, is expected to be operational on or about April 1, 2024. A project employment contract with regional unions will be used during construction.

It is the second solar + storage purchase agreement that Peninsula Clean Energy has reached, following a 15-year deal signed in September with Leeward Renewable Energy, which includes 102 MW of solar power and 52 MW of battery storage from the Chaparral Solar Facility in Kern County were involved.

The location of the Arica Solar project in Riverside County was chosen in consultation with environmentalists to prevent damage to species and habitats in the area.

“Achieving our goal of providing sustainable energy to our customers 24/7 is one of the most dramatic steps we can take to help our region address its rapidly changing climate,” said Jan Pepper, CEO of Peninsula Clean energy. “This project is another way to get there by producing and storing more zero-emission solar energy that can be used day and night, summer and winter.”

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