BayWa r.e. developing 90-MW solar + storage project for San Diego Community Power

BayWa re, a developer and service provider of renewable energy, has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with: San Diego Community Power (SDCP), a nonprofit community energy program serving five cities in the San Diego region.

Under the terms of the agreement, SDCP will purchase power for 20 years from the Jacumba Valley Ranch (JVR) Energy Park being developed by BayWare near Jacumba Hot Springs in San Diego County, a project linking a 90 MWAC solar panel with a 70-MW/280-MWh, DC-coupled battery energy storage system.

“The renewable energy produced and stored at the JVR Energy Park will provide an important foundation for SDCP’s planned power supply portfolio,” said Joe Mosca, SDCP chairman and Encinitas city councilor. “Working with an experienced renewable energy developer like BayWa re gives us confidence that we will meet our clean energy and climate goals.”

The JVR site, which consists of flat, formerly farmland located next to the SDG&E transmission infrastructure. The Jacumba Agreement represents SDCP’s first solar and storage PPA in San Diego County. As part of the development plan, the project has committed to funding improvements to the local community park and the conservation of 435 acres of native habitat.

Construction on the project will begin in early 2022 and is expected to create approximately 350 construction jobs, using a “project labor agreement” with local unions. The JVR Energy Park is expected to reach full operational status in the first quarter of 2023. Once connected to the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) transmission grid, the power plant will generate enough electricity to power at least 52,000 SDCP customer households annually.

SDCP was founded in the fall of 2019 and in March 2021 launched electricity supply services for municipal customers in the five-member cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa and San Diego. It began serving commercial and industrial customers in June 2021 and will begin its residential phase in the first quarter of 2022. For the first time in the region’s history, the program provides local control and consumer choice with regard to large-scale energy decisions. .

“JVR Energy Park will be a major step forward in the implementation of utility-scale storage integrated solar in California, delivering competitively priced clean power and resiliency and reliability to the grid,” said Jam Attari, CEO of BayWa re solar projects. in the United States. “We are excited to partner with a forward-looking community choice aggregator such as San Diego Clean Power on this innovative project.”

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