Cameron Crest project delivers 77.7 megawatts of renewable energy capacity
Sunnyvale, Calif. – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) began receiving wind generation from the Terra-Gen, LLC Cameron Crest contract on Jan. 1, 2023. Under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) Terra-Gen will provide 77.7 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity generated between three sites in Kern County, CA.
Electricity received through this PPA accounts for nearly 5 percent of SVCE’s annual retail load, enough to power over 18,000 homes and businesses each year. The clean electricity from this project avoids almost 40,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere annually.
“This project will not only help SVCE meet the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, but it will also help us deliver on our commitment to clean, reliable electricity for our communities,” said Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO. “This project complements the SVCE portfolio because the wind production will ramp up during the time of day when solar production is slowing down.”
This is the second long-term wind project to come online for SVCE and is complementary to other resources in the agency’s power mix, including solar with battery storage and long-duration storage.
The three Terra-Gen wind sites generating the electricity were built in 1986 and partially repowered in 1999, the vintage projects still operate at high availability rates. The SVCE portion of the project is made up of 430 turbines.
The PPA is a result of a request for offers issued in 2020. To date, SVCE has signed 16 contracts for clean energy projects totaling more than 670 MW of capacity and over 803 MWh of battery storage. More information on these projects can be found at http://svcleanenergy.org/power-sources/.
About Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, community-owned agency providing clean electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative solutions to fight climate change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.
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