Distributed Energy Resources

Silicon Valley Power Signs PPA for Wind Power from Sempra Project in Mexico

California’s Silicon Valley Power (SVP) recently entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the long-term supply of renewable energy from a proposed, cross-border 300-megawatt (MW) wind project Sempra Infrastructure is developing in Mexico.

Under the contract, Sempra would provide electric power to the City of Santa Clara, Calif., from the Cimarrón wind project it plans to build in Baja California where Sempra has an existing cross-border high voltage transmission line that connects to the East County substation in San Diego County.

Silicon Valley Power provides power to nearly 55,000 customers in Santa Clara and is the only full service, vertically integrated public power utility in Silicon Valley that owns generation, transmission and distribution assets.

When completed, the Cimarrón wind farm will have about 60 wind turbines and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 210,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

Completion of the wind project is subject to securing all necessary commercial agreements and permits, including reaching a final investment decision, Sempra said.