April 30 (Renewables Now) - US solar and wind power producer sPower said on Monday it has kicked off commercial operations at a 130-MW solar park in Lancaster, California.
Called the Antelope Expansion 2 plant, with a given capacity in Direct Current (DC), it will sell its output to MCE, a local non-profit public agency offering community choice aggregation (CCA). The electricity will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).
According to sPower, the 130-MW plant will be the largest one in the state with a CCA provider as an off-taker. The photovoltaic (PV) park is expected to generate electricity for more than 26,000 homes and mitigate over 217,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
“The project is indicative of the trend of CCAs taking a leadership position in renewable procurement within California,” commented Hans Isern, sPower’s senior vice president of origination. He went on to say that CCAs enable electric customers in California to opt for a cleaner power source from in-state projects while offering more opportunities to local businesses and communities.
sPower, which is a joint venture between The AES Corp (NYSE:AES) and the Alberta Investment Management Corp, says it owns and operates over 1.5 GW of solar and wind assets and also has a development pipeline exceeding 10 GW.