Leeward Renewable Energy commences construction of 100MW solar project in California

WCN Editorial Team 3 Nov 2021 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Leeward Renewable Energy has announced the commencement of construction of 100MW Rabbitbrush Solar Project in Kern County, California, US.

Construction firm McCarthy Building was appointed to serve as engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractor for the solar project.

Earlier, Leeward signed two 15-year power purchase agreements with two community choice aggregators, Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE).

The Rabbitbrush solar facility also includes a 20MW, 50MWh battery energy storage system.

It will feature more than 415,000 First Solar thin-film photovoltaic modules.

Once completely operational, Rabbitbrush will produce sufficient solar energy to cater to the requirements of almost 40,000 homes annually, displacing around 48,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, which is the equivalent of taking 10,500 cars off the road.

Leeward CEO Jason Allen said: “Starting construction on the Rabbitbrush facility is a monumental milestone for Leeward and is the first solar project we have constructed since integrating First Solar’s solar development platform in early 2021, with many more ahead.

“We are proud to partner with not-for-profit, community-owned electricity providers SVCE and CCCE to deliver clean, reliable renewable power to their customers and play a key role in advancing California’s zero carbon energy goals.”

Construction work is expected to finish by end of July 2022.

The facility is expected to commence operations by the end of August 2022.

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Construction work is expected to finish by end of July 2022. Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay.

 

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