Solar developer 8minutenergy Renewables LLC has received approval on a power purchase agreement (PPA) to develop the over 115 MW DC Springbok 3 solar farm, located in Kern County, Calif. The project is the third installation in the Springbok cluster, joining 8minutenergy’s completed 137 MW DC Springbok 1 and 191 MW DC Springbok 2 projects.
8minutenergy signed the Springbok 3 PPA with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) on behalf of its participating member, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
“We are pleased to highlight the continuation of a long-standing partnership with LADWP and SCPPA, and we are proud to be a dedicated provider of reliable, cost-effective solar energy to the people of Los Angeles,” says 8minutenergy CEO Martin Hermann. “We are fully committed to our project’s successes and track record: our Springbok 1 and 2 farms are fully commissioned and operating. The addition of Springbok 3 is further proof of our reliable business model and partnership approach.”
According to 8minutenergy, the three new Springbok solar facilities combined will generate enough clean, renewable energy to serve more than 152,000 Los Angeles households.
“As with the Springbok 1 and 2 projects before it, developing the new Springbok 3 solar farm is another positive step toward creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles and meeting our renewable energy targets of 33 percent by 2020,” says Michael Webster, LADWP’s executive director of power system engineering and technical services.
8minutenergy says the first two Springbok projects resulted in the creation of more than 600 direct and 800 indirect jobs in Kern County during construction, and the Springbok 3 project is expected to generate an additional 250 direct and 300 indirect jobs.