First Solar Inc. has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) from MCE, a California-based community choice aggregator (CCA), for the 40 MW AC first phase of the developer’s Little Bear Solar Project.
Located in Fresno County, Calif., and designed to eventually be built out to 160 MW AC, the project is anticipated to begin construction in 2019 and go online in 2020. The Little Bear PPA is First Solar’s first deal with a CCA.
“MCE is at the forefront of community-based power, a trend that is growing not only in California but across the United States,” said Brian Kunz, First Solar’s vice president of project development. “We are excited to partner with an early leader in this important energy segment, and we look forward to expanding the relationship as MCE’s customer base grows.”
“MCE is dedicated to getting more renewable energy on the grid in California, and providing climate-friendly energy choices for customers,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “By empowering communities and customers with green energy choices like Light Green 50 percent renewable and Deep Green 100 percent renewable, MCE is able to stimulate build-out of California solar projects, providing a competitive new marketplace for enterprising energy suppliers like First Solar.”
In the agreement, MCE will initially purchase electricity from Little Bear’s 40 MW AC first phase, with an option to expand up to the project’s full 160 MW AC as its load increases through potential expansion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.