EDF commits 150 MW to MCE out of Desert Harvest Solar Project in California

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) announced Dec. 15 the signing of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with MCE for up to 186 MW peak (MWp) / 150 MW (ac) from the Desert Harvest Solar Project in Southern California.

The project is expected to begin delivery of clean electricity to MCE starting in 2020. Located on approximately 1,200 acres of land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the largest Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in the U.S., this project in Riverside County, California, will utilize horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

“EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to partner with MCE to supply affordable, in-state solar energy to its customers through the Desert Harvest Solar Project,” commented Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of Development at EDF Renewable Energy. “Desert Harvest represents our second collaboration with MCE, and we look forward to working with them to make the Project a success, providing a boost to the Riverside County economy in parallel through the creation of new jobs and property tax base.”

“We’re grateful to EDF RE not only for investing in clean, renewable solar energy, but for partnering with us to grow California’s economy through in-state job creation,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “By turning to sources like solar instead of fossil fuels, together we build a clean and secure energy future for California.”

EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 8 GW of wind, solar, biomass, and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The operations and maintenance subsidiary, EDF Renewable Services, operates 11 GW throughout North America. EDF Renewable Energy is a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewable energy arm of the EDF group.

MCE is a not-for-profit, public electricity provider that gives customers the choice of having 50% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and hydroelectric at competitive rates. MCE provides service to 255,000 California customers in Marin County, Napa County and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek.

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