California CCA now partially powered by 250-MW desert solar project

Valley Clean Energy (VCE) has announced that it is now getting power from a new solar project in Kings County, California. VCE signed a 15-year contract to purchase 50 MW of renewable energy with Aquamarine Westside’s 250 MW array. This contract replaces current short-term electricity contracts, allowing VCE to provide higher levels of renewable energy at competitive prices.

The Aquamarine project is located in CIM Group’s Westlands Solar Park, a masterplan-planned clean energy park with over 2 GW of solar production potential.

“Valley Clean Energy is pleased to begin receiving renewable electricity from CIM Group’s Aquamarine project. This long-term partnership is a win-win venture, generating cost-effective solar energy on land that is unusable for agriculture,” said Dan Carson, Davis City Councilmember and VCE Board Chair.

The Aquamarine project was selected through a recruitment process in which dozens of projects competed. The decision was based on criteria adopted by the VCE board to select cost-effective California-based renewable projects that minimize impact on prime farmland, provide local jobs and avoid environmentally sensitive resources. Westlands Solar Park scored well in all areas and received a lot of support from both agricultural and environmental organisations.

“We are proud to add more long-term renewable energy sources to our energy portfolio and to keep renewable electricity affordable for all of our customers. Having more clean, renewable resources is a step toward a better energy future for California,” said Carson.

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