Energy Storage

Glendale, Calif. City Council OKs 25-year solar plus storage deal

The Glendale, Calif., City Council on Dec. 10 adopted a resolution to enter into a 25-year power sales agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for a 12.5% share of the renewable solar energy, battery energy storage products, and associated environmental attributes from the Eland 1 Solar and Storage Center in Kern County, Calif.

Glendale is a member of SCPPA, a Joint Powers Authority created in 1980 for the purpose of providing joint planning, financing, construction, and operation of transmission and generation projects. It is comprised of eleven municipal utilities and one irrigation district.

The Eland Solar and Storage Center will be the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s first utility-scale, integrated solar and battery project engineered to provide fully dispatchable power to customers in the evening and night time hours. The project will include two large-scale solar facilities that will capture 400 megawatts of solar energy and store up to 1,200 megawatt-hours of energy — all of which can be distributed to meet peak demand.

The 12.5% share of Eland will provide the City of Glendale approximately 25 MW of renewable solar energy and 12.5 MW/50MWh of battery storage. Currently, this will contribute about nine percent to Glendale’s renewable portfolio.

“Glendale is on board to transition to a low-carbon future and this is another step we are taking to establish Glendale as a clean energy leader and putting us on the path to achieving 100% of the energy needs of the Glendale community through reliable, affordable and sustainable clean energy,” said Steve Zurn, general manager of Glendale Water and Power.

Glendale Water & Power generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to 88,849 residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

The Los Angeles City Council on Nov. 6 approved power purchase agreements for the Eland Solar and Storage Center.

Currently, LADWP receives 32% of its energy from renewable sources, and the Eland Solar and Storage Center will increase that number by up to 7.1%.

The joint clean energy investment with Glendale Water and Power will be administered through the SCPPA.