Duke Energy Renewables Buys Three More California Solar Projects

Duke Energy Renewables Buys Three More California Solar Projects
Duke Energy Renewables Buys Three More California Solar Projects

Duke Energy Renewables announced today it acquired three California solar power projects from SunPower Corp. totaling 55 megawatts (MW) in late December.

The sites include the 20-MW Rio Bravo I, the 20-MW Rio Bravo II, and the 15-MW Wildwood Solar II solar power plants. They are located in Kern County, California, adjacent to two existing solar sites owned by Duke Energy Renewables.

“These solar projects are excellent facilities that increase our solar presence in California by 50 percent,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology.

As we continue to grow our footprint in the state, we’re pleased to provide cost-efficient, sustainable power systems that contribute to California’s leadership in renewable energy.

The solar projects were placed in service in December, 2016, and Southern California Edison is purchasing the power generated by the plants under 20-year agreements.

“Forward-thinking utilities today are diversifying their energy portfolio with increasing amounts of solar capacity,” said Ty Daul, SunPower senior vice president, Americas Power Plants.

We are proud to partner with Duke Energy to serve more California customers with affordable, emission free solar power generated from these facilities.

The sites consist of high-efficiency SunPower solar panels. More than 2,600 MW of solar power plants worldwide are using SunPower’s leading solar technology.

Three More California Solar Projects

Duke Energy Renewables growing California operations

In December, Duke Energy Renewables also completed its 20-MW Longboat Solar Power Project in San Bernardino County, California, which was acquired from EDF Renewable Energy and announced in March of 2016.

The following is a summary of Duke Energy Renewables’ California solar projects acquired and completed in 2016:

Project name

Location

In service date Size (AC) Number PV Panels Customer

Rio Bravo I

Kern County

Dec. 2016 20 MW 59,770 Southern California Edison

Rio Bravo II

Kern County

Dec. 2016 20 MW 59,770 Southern California Edison

Wildwood II

Kern County

Dec. 2016 15 MW 48,200 Southern California Edison

Longboat

San Bernardino County

Dec. 2016 20 MW 84,000 Southern California Edison

In addition, Duke Energy Renewables has six other solar power projects in California that began operations prior to 2016:

Project name

Location

In service date Size (AC) Customer

Sunset Reservoir

San Francisco

Dec. 2010 5 MW San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Highlander

Twentynine Palms

June 2013 21 MW Southern California Edison

Pumpjack

Kern County

Dec. 2014 20 MW Southern California Edison

Wildwood

Kern County

Dec. 2014 20 MW Southern California Edison

Seville I

Imperial County

Dec. 2015 20 MW San Diego Gas & Electric

Seville II

Imperial County

Dec. 2015 30 MW Imperial Irrigation District

 

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