sPower signs PPAs with PG&E for 60 MW of US solar capacity


U.S. independent power producer (IPP) sPower has signed a deal with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for three 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) on its forthcoming Californian solar projects.

sPower is to construct and commission three PV facilities – named Bayshore A, B, and C and located in Lancaster, California – over the course of 2017. Each solar facility will be 20 MW in size, and PG&E has agreed to purchase the power produced at the plants on 20-year PPAs.

These three solar plants will eventually generate enough clean solar energy to meet the power needs of 11,000 local households, mitigating the effects of 26,000 cars annually.

As per the terms of the California renewable portfolio standard policy, utilities operating in the state must source one-third of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. PG&E, for its part, has already reached around 30% renewable capacity, and has begun to make inroads into large-scale storage – also as part of the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Energy Storage Decision program, which has targeted the procurement of 1,325 MW of storage across California by utilities by 2020.

Thus far, PG&E has storage contracts worth 75 MW on the table, and last year launched its SolarCARE program, designed to encourage communities to adopt solar power wherever possible.

sPower, meanwhile, has welcomed the chance to work once again with PG&E – a partnership that has now garnered more than 100 MW of solar projects. "We admire PG&E’s leadership in clean power transformation efforts, and are pleased to be able to be a part of the process," said sPower CEO Ryan Creamer.