Duke Energy Renewables has acquired three solar power projects totaling 55 MW from SunPower Corp. 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, Calif., 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,” says Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables. “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 acquisition was completed in late December, the same month the facilities were placed in service. 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,” states Ty Daul, SunPower’s senior vice president of 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.”