Irvine, Calif.-based developer Sunpin Solar has announced a new power purchase agreement (PPA) with Direct Energy Business for the full output of the recently completed ColGreen North Shore Power Plant.
The renewable energy PPA covers the full 96.75 MW DC / 74.8 MW AC capacity of the solar project and will serve Direct Energy Business’ retail energy customers in California.
“California is a very competitive market for utility-scale solar developers, and I am proud of the Sunpin Solar team for the successful implementation of this new innovative structured PPA with Direct Energy Business,” comments Tom Li, president of Sunpin Solar. “This agreement sets the stage for our plans to build at least another 200 MW of solar in California.”
Situated on 485 acres of land in the city of Mecca, Calif., near the Salton Sea, the project has been operational since January. The facility is interconnected to the Imperial Irrigation District utility grid and has delivery capability into the California Independent System Operator territory. The system has an expected annual production of over 210,000 MWh, enough solar energy to power 22,300 homes per year.
“Energy service providers like Direct Energy Business can enable investments in renewables to help California reach its energy policy goals,” says David Brast, senior vice president for North American power and gas at Direct Energy Business.