Commercial, Energy Storage, Utilities - July 6, 2023
SCE Signs PPA for BESS
Southern California Edison (SCE), an electric utility, announced that it entered into a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the 126-megawatt Antelope Valley battery energy storage system (BESS ) facility in Kern County, California.
The agreement was signed with Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE).
Antelope Valley BESS is designed to support the resiliency and reliability of the California electrical grid and will be capable of storing over 500 MWhs of clean power. Once operational, the system can power the equivalent of more than 100,000 homes for up to four hours.
Antelope Valley BESS is located adjacent to LRE’S 100-MW solar and storage Rabbitbrush project and 174-MW solar and storage Chapparal Springs project.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in mid-2023 and the project is expected to be operational in early-2024.
“Antelope Valley BESS marks a significant milestone for LRE as it is our first standalone battery storage project,” said Eran Mahrer, Chief Commercial Officer at LRE, in a statement. “We are proud to partner with Southern California Edison to help meet California’s zero-carbon goals and facilitate the transition to a cleaner and more reliable power grid that will directly address the urgent need for energy capacity in the state. LRE looks forward to our continued long-term partnership with SCE, the County, and the community as we develop and operate Antelope Valley BESS.”
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