EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its EDP Renewables North
America LLC (EDPR NA) subsidiary, and Shell Energy North America (US) L.P.
(SENA) have closed on a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 200
megawatts (MW) that will bring the Sandrini Solar Park to Kern County, Calif.
Located near Bakersfield, the 200 MW development, which is
anticipated to be operational in 2022, represents an estimated capital
investment of more than $200 million. In addition to being Sandrini’s sole
energy offtaker through the long-term PPA, SENA will also purchase 100% of the
environmental attributes, including the renewable energy credits and capacity.
“We are proud to enable the development of the Sandrini Solar
Park,” says Glenn Wright, president of SENA. “This opportunity will increase
the supply of renewable power in California while simultaneously reducing
Shell’s carbon footprint. We recognize
that customers and communities are demanding a shift in the way power is
generated, and we are adapting to the demand for more clean energy solutions.”
“EDP Renewables is pleased to work together with Shell
Energy North America to reduce carbon emissions and implement new utility-scale
renewable energy solutions,” adds Miguel Prado, CEO of EDPR NA. “Sandrini Solar Park represents EDPR’s
continued interest in investing in California – the state that is leading the
nation in installed solar capacity as well as in its charge toward obtaining
100 percent of its energy from zero-carbon sources.”
EDP Renewables operates the two phases of the Lone Valley Solar Park in San Bernardino County and three phases of the Rising Tree Wind Farm in Kern County. EDPR NA will also construct the Sonrisa Solar Park, which will consist of 200 MW of solar capacity and 40 MW of storage capacity, in Fresno County in 2022.
PHOTO: Miguel Prado