EDF Renewables North America and California’s Clean Power Alliance (CPA) on Sept. 2 announced the signing of a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage project.
The project, consisting of a 300-megawatt solar project coupled with a 600 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS), is expected to begin delivery of clean electricity to CPA’s customers throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in February 2024. The CPA Board of Directors approved the long-term contract during its September meeting.
The Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage project is located on unincorporated land in Riverside County, Calif., administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM designated this area as a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, land set aside for utility-scale renewable energy development. The project will utilize horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.
EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America.
Founded in 2017, CPA is the locally operated electricity provider for 30 cities across Los Angeles County and Ventura County, as well as the unincorporated areas of both counties.
CPA serves approximately three million customers via one million customer accounts and is a member of the California Community Choice Association, which represents the interests of California’s community choice electricity providers in the legislature and at state regulatory agencies.