Ormat Technologies has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Peninsula Clean Energy, a California community choice aggregator, under which the CCA will purchase 26 megawatts (MW) of energy from Ormat’s Heber 2 geothermal facility located in Imperial Valley, Calif., effective January 1, 2023.
The PPA marks the successful completion of Ormat’s first ever solicitation for bids, with a request for bids (RFB) on the Heber 2 facility issued in July 2021.
The RFB was published immediately after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its Mid-Term Reliability decision, requiring the procurement of 1,000 MW of weather invariant, zero-emission, 80% capacity generation by all California load serving entities by 2026.
Power from the Heber 2 facility complies with related guidelines, making it the first geothermal PPA to meet the new CPUC requirements, Ormat said on April 14.
The American Public Power Association has initiated a new category of membership for community choice aggregation programs.