San Diego Community Power Signs PPA for Solar and Storage - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  July 9, 2021

San Diego Community Power Signs PPA for Solar and Storage

On July 8, San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community choice energy program serving five cities in the San Diego region, announced that it has signed a 20-year PPA agreement to purchase power for 20 years from the Jacumba Valley Ranch (JVR) Energy Park being developed by BayWa r.e. near Jacumba Hot Springs in San Diego County. Once interconnected to the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) transmission grid, the power plant will generate enough electricity to power at least 52,000 SDCP customer households annually. The clean energy project will also offset more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the life of the project.

“The renewable energy produced and stored at the JVR Energy Park will be an important foundational block of SDCP's planned power supply portfolio," Joe Mosca, chair of the SDCP board and Encinitas city councilmember said in a statement. 

Construction on the project is set to begin in early 2022. The project will pair a 90-megawatt (AC) solar photovoltaic array with a 70-megawatt/280 megawatt-hour DC-coupled battery energy storage system.

The Jacumba agreement represents SDCP's first solar and storage PPA in San Diego County. As part of the development plan, the project has committed to funding improvements to the local community park as well as the preservation of 435 acres of native habitat.

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