Leeward Renewable Energy and Valley Clean Energy (VCE) have entered into a 15-year solar-plus-storage power purchase agreement (PPA) involving Leeward’s 72 MW solar and 36 MW (144 MWh) battery storage Willow Springs 3 facility in Kern County, Calif.
VCE’s board of directors approved the PPA on October 14. By the end of 2023, the Willow Springs 3 project will supply enough electricity for approximately 27% of VCE’s 125,000 customers in Yolo County, Calif. The agreement will also support VCE in achieving its goal of having a 100% carbon-neutral portfolio by 2030. As part of the agreement, Leeward will contribute to VCE’s local workforce development and sustainability efforts in Yolo and Kern counties to support local hiring and training.
“Valley Clean Energy is proud to announce our partnership with Leeward in the Willow Springs 3 project,” states Dan Carson, VCE’s board chair and Davis City councilmember. “The urgency of climate change demands that we add more new renewables to the grid, but our mission does not stop there. Bringing additional benefits to our community is a priority for VCE, and this agreement strengthens our communities where we need it most – with clean energy and good jobs.”
“Willow Springs 3 will further enhance our ability to provide Californians with a cleaner, more reliable power grid,” says Kathryn Arbeit, Leeward’s senior vice president of development. “We are very excited to partner with Valley Clean Energy to not only expand the use of renewable energy throughout California, but also deliver additional benefits to the residents of Kern and Yolo Counties through local workforce engagement and sustainability initiatives.”
Leeward will own and operate the facility. Construction will begin December 2021 and the project is expected to begin delivering energy to Valley Clean Energy by December 2023.