Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) has broken ground on the giant Wright Solar project, a 200 MW facility located in California’s Central Valley.
PCE, the electricity provider for 290,000 San Mateo County customers, expects the utility-scale solar farm to come online in late 2019. Once completed, the facility is estimated to produce enough electricity to power more than 100,000 San Mateo County homes annually.
“This is a huge step for Peninsula Clean Energy and our customers,” says CEO Jan Pepper. “The Wright Solar project moves us toward our goal of providing all customers with 100 percent renewable power by 2025. This long-term contract locks in the price we pay for electricity, which helps ensure that our rates will remain low.”
PCE, a community choice aggregation (CCA) agency, has an exclusive 25-year power purchase agreement with Wright Solar Park LLC to buy the facility’s electricity. The project is owned by Centaurus Renewable Energy, and the construction and operations are being managed by Clēnera LLC. The facility is being constructed by Swinerton Renewable Energy with union labor hired from the surrounding areas.
“One of our primary objectives for PCE is to grow the supply of new renewable energy sources,” says Dave Pine, founding PCE board chair and president of the San Mateo County board of supervisors. “With the Wright Solar project, we are helping to fight climate change by adding 200 MW of new solar power. We’re also proud that the construction of this project will create approximately 400 union jobs in Merced County.”
PCE was the fifth CCA entity formed in California. It launched its service in October 2016 and provides electricity to all of San Mateo County.