Duke buys two 20-MW solar projects in California from Infigen

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), announced March 6 the acquisition of two 20-MW (AC) California solar projects from developer Infigen Energy.

The construction-ready Pumpjack and Wildwood solar projects, located in Kern County near Bakersfield, represent Duke Energy Renewables’ third and fourth utility-scale solar projects in the state. Once the projects are complete, the company will own and operate more than 65 MW of solar power in California. The solar energy generated from the two projects will be sold through 20-year power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison.

“The acquisition of Pumpjack and Wildwood will more than double our solar power capacity in California,” said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. “We’re pleased to provide an increasing supply of affordable, clean energy to the nation’s number one solar market.”

Infigen’s U.S. CEO, Craig Carson, said: “We are very pleased that our first development efforts in solar PV have succeeded in bringing together strong counterparties such as Southern California Edison and Duke Energy. We expect that the experience gained and the relationships created through these solar projects will deliver significant benefits for our future development opportunities.”

In 2013, Duke Energy Renewables built the 21-MW Highlander Solar Power Project in Twentynine Palms and acquired the 4.5-MW Sunset Reservoir project in San Francisco. Within the year, once Pumpjack and Wildwood reach commercial operation, the projects will push Duke Energy Renewables’ total U.S. installed solar capacity to 185 MW at 23 utility-scale facilities across the country.

In 2011, INDU, a partnership between Duke Energy Renewables and Integrys Energy, constructed eight 1-MW rooftop solar projects in southern California.

Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses, is a leader in developing innovative wind and solar energy generation projects for customers throughout the United States. The company’s growing portfolio of commercial renewable assets includes 15 wind farms and 21 solar farms in operation in 12 states, totaling almost 1,800 MW in capacity.

Infigen Energy is a specialist renewable energy business with interests in 24 wind farms across Australia and the United States. It has a total installed capacity in excess of 1,600 MW (on an equity interest basis).

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.