Southern California signs new solar project offtake deals

Southern California Edison (SCE) said Aug. 1 that it has signed contracts with solar and geothermal energy producers representing more than 1,500 MW of power.

Signed contracts include the purchase of more than 1,300 MW of new solar power and the re-contracting of 225 MW with an existing California geothermal energy project.

“SCE is committed to continuing to bring renewable power resources to our customers and helping achieve California’s environmental goals,” said Stuart Hemphill, SCE senior vice president, Power Supply and Operational Services. “These agreements will help us maintain diversity in our renewable energy portfolio.”

These contracts resulted from an open and competitive process for all renewable resources designed to promote market development, contain costs, diversify power sources and help to meet the state’s 33% Renewables Portfolio Standard goals. SCE’s re-contracting with an existing geothermal project reflects the utility’s commitment to cost effective and diverse renewable energy.

The agreements are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission. SCE said it has consistently led the nation as one of the top utilities for renewables and is on track to meet the state’s goal of providing its customers with 33% renewables.

In 2013, 22% of the power SCE delivered to its customers came from renewable sources, compared to the overall California power mix of about 15% renewables.

The projects covered by the new agreements are:

  • Recurrent Energy LLC, Solar photovoltaic (PV), new, 2019 commercial on-line target, 15-year contract term, 206 MW of capacity;
  • 8minutenergy Renewables LLC, Solar PV, new, 2020 commercial on-line target, 20-year contract term, 51 MW;
  • Copper Mountain Solar 4 LLC, Solar PV, new, 2020 commercial on-line target, 20-year contract term, 94 MW;
  • Tribal Solar LLC, Solar PV, new, 2019 on-line target, 20-year contract, 310 MW;
  • 8minutenergy Renewables LLC and Silver Ridge Power LLC, Solar PV, new, 2020 on-line target, 20-year term, 154 MW;
  • Panoche Valley Solar LLC, Solar PV, new, 2019 on-line target, 20-year contract term, 247 MW;
  • 8minutenergy Renewables LLC and Silver Ridge Power LLC, Solar PV, new, 2019 on-line target, 20-year term, 252 MW;
  • Geysers Power Co. LLC, geothermal, existing, 2017 on-line target, 10-year contract term, 225 MW.

An Edison International (NYSE: EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal, and Southern California.

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