Operations Begin for Repowered Facility, Delivering Enough Clean Energy Annually to Power 40,000 Homes
Riverside County, CA – Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) celebrated today the start of commercial operation for the Mountain View Wind Repowering Project, developed by The AES Corporation. The project provides clean, renewable energy to Californians and will help support the transition to a carbon-free power grid.
Wind repowering is the combined activity of dismantling or refurbishing existing wind turbines and commissioning new ones. AES removed more than 100 old turbines and replaced them with 16 new Vestas turbines that deliver cost-competitive clean energy to the California communities they serve. The repowered 67 Megawatt (MW) facility will deliver 257 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy per year, enough electricity to power about 40,000 homes.
“This wind repowering project supports our agency’s goal of achieving 100% renewable energy for the five counties that make up California’s Central Coast,” said CCCE CEO, Tom Habashi. “The Mountain View Wind Project came online earlier than expected. This is a positive sign during this time of increased energy demands and strains due to extreme weather, wildfires, and drought. It demonstrates that the continued exponential growth of renewable energy is not only needed to meet climate goals; it is also possible and sustainable.”
“The repowered Mountain View Wind facility is an example of how efficiency improvements to existing projects are instrumental in our journey to decarbonization,” said Monica Padilla, SVCE COO. “The addition of this long-term wind resource increases the reliability and diversity of the power mix SVCE customers receive and supports continued renewable production for the state.”
The facility will provide wind power to two Community Choice Aggregators, 33.33 MWs to Central Coast Community Energy and 33.33 MWs to Silicon Valley Clean Energy, under a 20- year power purchase agreement (PPA). The PPA is the result of the third joint SVCE-CCCE solicitation issued in 2020. The PPA was board-approved and executed in April 2021.
About Central Coast Community Energy
Central Coast Community Energy is a public agency that sources competitively priced electricity from clean and renewable energy resources. CCCE is locally controlled and governed by board members who represent each community served by the agency. Revenue generated by CCCE stays local and helps keep electricity rates affordable for customers, while also funding innovative energy programs designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic development. CCCE serves 436,000 customers throughout the Central Coast, including residential, commercial, and agricultural customers in communities located within Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more at 3CEnergy.org and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @3CEnergy.
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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