EDF Renewables North America has inked two 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the 128 MW AC with 40 MW/160 MWh battery storage Big Beau solar-plus-storage project in Kern County, Calif.
Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) will purchase 55% of the output, and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) will purchase 45%. The project is slated to achieve commercial operations by the end of 2021.
SVCE and MBCP jointly launched a competitive procurement process in September 2017 to take advantage of economies of scale for the combined four-county service territory. The collaboration between these two community choice aggregators (CCAs) allowed for more purchasing power to better source clean electricity for their communities.
“EDF Renewables is pleased to be selected by SVCE and MBCP – two forward-thinking CCAs to supply affordable, in-state green energy to their customers. The inclusion of storage provides the agencies with a 100 percent clean and partially dispatchable product, allowing them to mitigate the ‘duck curve’ risk and monetize price spikes,” states Valerie Barros, director of renewables and storage product development at EDF Renewables.