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