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Silicon Valley Clean Energy Receives Wind Power Through 15-Year PPA

Silicon Valley Clean Energy began receiving wind generation from the Terra-Gen, LLC Cameron Crest contract at the start of this year, the California community choice aggregator said on Feb. 21.

Under a 15-year power purchase agreement Terra-Gen will provide 77.7 megawatts of electricity generated between three sites in Kern County, Calif. Electricity received through this PPA accounts for nearly 5 percent of SVCE’s annual retail load.

This is the second long-term wind project to come online for SVCE and is complementary to other resources in the agency’s power mix, including solar with battery storage and long-duration storage.

The three Terra-Gen wind sites generating the electricity were built in 1986 and partially repowered in 1999. The projects still operate at high availability rates. The SVCE portion of the project is made up of 430 turbines.

The PPA is a result of a request for offers issued in 2020. To date, SVCE has signed 16 contracts for clean energy projects totaling more than 670 MW of capacity and over 803 MWh of battery storage.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy provides electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions.