Kings Largest Solar Farm Proposed

An application to build a 2,527 acre, 250-megawatt solar farm is being processed by Kings County. It would be the largest photovoltaic project in the county.

Called Westlands Aquamarine, the plan being proposed by the company, Westland Solar Park, is south of the Avenal Cutoff on the north side of Laurel, both east and west of 25th Avenue.

The big project is the first to move to the permit stage in what the applicant has predicted will be the largest master-planned clean energy park in the U.S. with more than 20,000 acres of drainage-impaired farmland designated for the development of solar energy and storage generation. Virtually all of the land in this part of Kings County is in the Westland Water District and slated to be retired due to high salinity and selenium contamination.

So far Westland Solar Park has built a ”demonstration” 2MW facility with power being sold to the city of Anaheim. They are working to construct another 20MW solar farm in the area as well.

But this latest application is a major step-up to the mega-solar project level – one of many expected to be built here at the crossroads of the California grid system near I-5. Westlands Aquamarine could be operational by 2020.

This past week the Kings County Board of Supervisors signed an agreement for indemnification for the county and reimbursement of extraordinary costs with Westlands Aquamarine LLC relating to a conditional use permit for their commercial solar energy facility.

Westland Solar Park representative Josh Martin says California is moving to more renewables, fueled not just by policy but by a dramatic lowering of costs to build the modules that “will benefit not just this part of the state but all the ratepayers.”

Investors in the Westland Solar Park, about a decade in the planning, now include the capital firm CIM, which joined the project in 2014, and founders, Westside Assets of Visalia. WSP has estimated the rural industrial park could develop up to 2,000 megawatts, equivalent to Diablo Canyon’s nuclear power plant’s output, now being retired.

In presentations to developers, utilities and regulators, the investment team has made the case that the location and setting for the project makes sense in part because the solar resource is abundant, the state grid system passes through nearby and there are fewer impacts to species, unlike the state’s desert regions. With so much of Westlands Water District no longer fit to farm it is no wonder that this sprawling district may see 6,500MW of solar projects in coming years.

The big water district is working to publish a draft of a major project EIR, in the works now for two years.

The latest solar project count in Kings County is impressive, at 1,424MW of planned solar projects on 14,000 acres built or undergoing permitting through April of this year.

Kings Largest Solar Farm Proposed, by John Lindt, The Sentinel, May 4, 2017.

Central Valley Invests in Clean Buses, Clean Air

In California, we’re headed toward a clean transportation future — and our buses are helping take us there.

Across the state, millions of Californians depend on buses operated by more than 100 public transit districts to get to work, school, medical appointments, houses of worship, and recreational activities. One state policy is giving transit providers throughout the state a helping hand in ensuring a smooth ride for passengers: the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). In fact, LCFS has emerged as one of California’s top tools to bring zero-emission electric vehicles to disadvantaged communities, in the form of affordable transit service.

 Here in the Central Valley, the San Joaquin Regional Transit District operates a fleet of 130 buses and serves four million riders per year in Stockton and beyond, while Visalia Transit has a fleet of 84 buses and transports 1.6 million riders annually. Both transit agencies have taken advantage of LCFS to begin shifting toward cleaner fleets. RTD currently has two all-electric buses in service and anticipates having 17 in operation by next year. More than two-thirds of Visalia Transit’s bus fleet operates on natural gas as it shifts towards a cleaner fleet.

LCFS, approved in 2009 and most recently readopted in 2015, is on track to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by at least 10 percent by 2020. Statewide, LCFS has resulted in $1.6 billion in avoided public health impacts while helping Californians avoid the unnecessary use of 6.6 billion gallons of petroleum.

The benefits of cleaner public transit, encouraged by LCFS, are many. Clean buses improve local air quality and reduce harmful transportation pollution for everyone, even those who don’t ride the bus. The transportation sector alone is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 80 percent of smog-causing nitrogen oxide emissions, and 95 percent of particulate matter emissions that cause cancer and other lung and heart diseases. Our region’s struggles with air pollution are well known and continue to pose a threat to our well-being. We are proud to serve a ridership that is predominantly low-income and majority Latino. This means LCFS provides cleaner air for everyone, and gives transit options to some of the most disadvantaged residents in our communities.

For transit providers, LCFS credits help offset operating costs. It’s invaluable because other regional, state, or federal funds are generally limited to capital costs. Visalia Transit alone has saved $150,000 per year on fuel thanks to LCFS. Without this program, the agency would face an additional 10 to 15 percent in fuel costs, which might force the agency to make some tough decisions. Visalia Transit provides several popular routes including the V-Line, which connects Fresno to Visalia with stops at Fresno State, the Fresno and Visalia airports, and downtown Fresno. Another popular route brings visitors to experience the wonder of Sequoia National Park. RTD is planning to launch an electrified Stockton bus rapid transit route with 10- to 15-minute headways. At the downtown transit center, drivers can fully charge buses in less than 10 minutes. Passengers like that these buses are quiet and zero-emission — and since LCFS has prevented 23 million tons of carbon pollution statewide, we’re doing our part on climate change, too.

Without policies like LCFS, our current level of service with clean vehicles wouldn’t be possible. When policymakers affirm their support for effective policies like LCFS, it contributes to a climate of certainty that helps transit agencies do effective long-range planning.

LCFS is giving us the tools to tackle air pollution and improve public health while supporting good California jobs. As the fuel standard has inspired a 36 percent uptick in the use of clean fuels statewide, it’s undoubtedly getting the job done. Connecting our communities and providing top-notch service is our priority, and that’s why we support and depend on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

— Donna DeMartino is CEO and general manager of San Joaquin Regional Transit District. Mario Cifuentez is interim transit manager of Visalia Transit.

Central Valley Invests in Clean Buses, Clean Air, by Donna DeMartino and Mario Cifuentez, The Record, May 3, 2017.

Light of the World: SJ churches embrace solar power

STOCKTON — The flowers in the garden at Church of the Presentation in north Stockton are as colorful as ever, but it’s the deep blue solar panels atop the church’s red-tile roof that might surprise visitors these days.

Presentation is the latest local faith community to go solar, with a 535-panel system that could virtually eliminate an energy bill that now tops $67,000 per year.

The money that used to go to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will instead pay for other needed improvements at the church and adjacent school, as well as for various ministry efforts.

“It’s amazing how this thing called the sun can make all the electricity that we need to live on,” Mark Gaff, Presentation’s director of facilities, said as he showed off the new system on Thursday.

“It’s going to be really cool,” he said.

From First Baptist Church of Lodi, to the Islamic Center of Manteca, more and more places of worship in San Joaquin County are installing solar systems.

The list also includes First Baptist Church of Stockton and Quail Lakes Baptist Church, two other large Stockton churches that chose to build rows of solar carports across portions of their parking lots.

At least 130 congregations statewide have embraced solar power, according to the California branch of Interfaith Power & Light. But there may be many more that the nonprofit organization, which promotes environmental sustainability as a tenet of faith and assists churcheswith making the transition, doesn’t even know about.

“We have many congregations doing it and even more looking into it,” said Susan Stephenson, the group’s California director. “We get calls, probably weekly, from congregations wanting us to help them figure out financing, which is probably the biggest barrier.”

Indeed it is. While solar power sounds great for nonprofit churches pinched by tight operating budgets, the churches are tax-exempt and therefore don’t qualify for the tax rebates that make solar cheaper for homes and businesses.

At Presentation, the solution was to enter into a power purchase agreement with a private company, El Dorado Hills-based K12 Solar. The company owns the panels, receives the tax break, and passes on those savings to Presentation through a lower power rate per kilowatt hour.

The church took out a loan and put money down upfront to secure an even lower rate, but in seven years that loan will be paid off and all of the church’s energy savings will be available for other uses.

Going solar wasn’t solely a financial decision, said Bill Loyko, a parishioner who serves on Presentation’s finance committee.

“It’s this whole idea of being good stewards,” he said. “If we look at what we’ve been given, it also means this Earth that we have and live in. Anything we can do to care for it, to be more kind, to put less pollution in the air, that’s what everybody’s looking for.”

Quail Lakes Baptist Church acquired its solar panels earlier this year from the same company under a similar agreement, after months of careful research. The church went with carports instead of rooftop panels, because the roofs on its church buildings are 20 to 30 years old, said Fred Hammond, executive director of operations.

A monitor in the foyer tells members of the congregation how much power they’ve saved and the environmental benefits.

“It’s just to show we’re trying to be a responsible part of the community,” Hammond said. “It works for us, and it works for the environment.”

The Islamic Center of Manteca raised enough money in a single prayer sitting to buy outright a smaller system of about 70 rooftop panels. Members were asked to consider sponsoring a panel or two, and that very day, the money had been committed, said Mohammad Elfarra, the center’s imam or prayer leader.

The panels went up in early 2016.

“We were all behind it, for the generations after us not to be burdened by an electric bill, but also because it’s good for the environment,” he said. “We’re supposed to be custodians of the Earth.”

Or, as the Quran says, “When doomsday comes, if someone has a palm shoot in his hand, he should plant it.”

Light of the World: SJ churches embrace solar power, by Alex Breitler, The Record, April 20, 2017.

Earth Day: Improving Air, Water Is ‘Urgent Necessity’

Earth Day, the world’s largest secular holiday and the only event celebrated by more than a half-billion people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities, is sponsored by many national and international organizations.

In his official proclamation, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand cited the following reasons for declaring Saturday, April 22, Earth Day in Fresno:

“Earth Day, begun as an annual event on April 22, 1970, focused public attention on pollution and environmental concerns and made the hitherto esoteric term ‘ecology’ a household word. Many national organizations are celebrating it with outreach programs showcasing the positive contributions that environmental science makes to improve the health of our planet and it’s citizens; Earth Day community-sponsored events promoting environmental awareness and education are held to communicate with a wide audience in the San Joaquin Valley; and improving the Valley’s air and water quality is an urgent necessity.”

Donald Trump’s inconsistent, idiotic actions days in office and extensive contacts with Wall Street and the military leave us with little hope for the environment.

However, if Earth Day raises our consciousness of our obligations to the planet, results in a balanced view of our responsibilities to the fragile ecosystem, and makes us aware of the crucial importance of governmental policies on the environment, it should have a positive effect.

GEORGE B. KAUFFMAN, FRESNO

Earth Day: Improving Air, Water Is ‘Urgent Necessity’, by George Kauffman, The Fresno Bee, April 19, 2017.

CPUC to Hold May 11 Voting Meeting in Merced

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold its May 11, 2017, Voting Meeting in Merced. The agenda for the meeting includes items on Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) rate case, and on the CPUC’s efforts to identify disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley and determine options to increase access to affordable energy in those communities.

WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Merced Civic Center, Council Chambers, 678 W. 18th St., Merced; also available via listen-only call-in number at 1-800-857-1917, passcode 92105

WHAT: The CPUC’s Commissioners will discuss and vote on proposed policies, including PG&E’s General Rate Case, which forms the basis of customer rates for 2017-2019; and options to increase access to affordable energy in San Joaquin Valley disadvantaged communities.

The Voting Meeting begins with public comment, and members of the public are encouraged to attend. Those intending to make public comment can sign-up to speak in person before the meeting starts, or can sign-up online in advance at https://ia.cpuc.ca.gov/requesttocomment/.

The CPUC’s Rules for Public Comment, the Voting Meeting Agenda, a list of items that will be held over to a different meeting, presentations, remote access, and other information will be available on www.cpuc.ca.gov/Commission_Meeting.

The CPUC typically holds Voting Meetings twice a month at its headquarters in San Francisco, and also schedules Voting Meetings in other cities throughout the state. In addition, the CPUC holds many Public Participation Hearings and other events statewide in order to reach out to consumers.

If specialized accommodations are needed to attend, such as sign language interpreters, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or toll free at 866-849- 8390 at least three business days in advance.

To receive electronic updates on CPUC proceedings, sign-up for the CPUC’s free subscription service at http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov.

The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy.

For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

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CPUC to Hold May 11 Voting Meeting in MercedPublic Now, April 17, 2017.

CARB Green-Lights Clean Air Efforts with Next-Gen Vehicles, Fuels

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has formally approved two climate and air quality efforts, including a suite of actions to deploy the next generation of clean vehicles, equipment and fuels.

In the first action, CARB approved the State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan (State SIP Strategy), which describes the board’s commitment for further reducing vehicle emissions needed to meet federal air quality standards over the next 15 years. In addition, the board also approved the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s comprehensive air quality plan.

As reported, CARB directed staff to report annually on progress on implementation of the SIP Strategy, including recommendations on additional funding, as well as direction to expedite implementation where possible.

“Today’s action builds upon California’s efforts over the last 50 years and sets the stage for a range of actions into the next decade,” says CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “We look forward to continuing California’s air quality leadership, working with our federal and local partners to provide the pathway to cleaner air, along with a vibrant economy.”

According to CARB, the State SIP Strategy maps out a comprehensive suite of actions to deploy the next generation of clean vehicles, equipment and fuels, including a portfolio of new engine standards for cars and trucks and the durability and inspection requirements to ensure these vehicles remain clean over their lifetime. The strategy also includes enhanced deployment of zero-emission technologies, cleaner-burning fuels, and innovative pilot and incentive programs to accelerate the deployment of this cleaner technology.

In parallel to actions at the state level, CARB will continue to call for strong federal action to develop more stringent engine standards for cars, trucks, ships, aircraft and locomotives.

These advanced technologies will help transform and clean up California’s transportation system, providing important public health benefits, especially in the South Coast and the San Joaquin Valley, the two regions of the state with the greatest air quality challenges. The cleaner technologies will also deliver significant reductions in greenhouse-gas and toxic diesel particulate matter emissions that are essential to meeting California’s climate, air quality and risk reduction goals.

The South Coast’s Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) is a comprehensive road map for meeting ozone and fine particulate matter standards in both the South Coast region and the Coachella Valley. In conjunction with state actions to reduce mobile source emissions, the South Coast AQMP includes a broad spectrum of measures to transition residential and commercial homes and buildings to cleaner energy sources, from electrification and fuel cells to solar power.

Further, the district’s plan also contains important actions to achieve further reductions of pollutants from large industrial facilities, such as refineries and power plants. Attaining federal air quality standards will provide significant public health protection for the 17 million residents who live in the region, estimated by the district to total $173 billion in cumulative health benefits between today and 2031.

CARB Green-Lights Clean Air Efforts with Next-Gen Vehicles, Fuels, by Lauren Tyler, Next-Gen Transportation, March 24, 2017.

10 More Electric Buses To Make Porterville Fully Electric

The City of Porterville in California has entered into a sales contract with GreenPower Motor Company for the purchase of 10 EV350 40-foot zero-emission, all-electric, transit buses.

The purchase will see all 9 of Porterville Transit’s routes go fully electric. Accompanying the purchase, 11 charging stations are to be installed at the transit service’s maintenance facility and transit center — for a total purchase price of around $9 million.

In addition, the sales contract provides the City of Porterville the option of buying an extra 20 buses, with the same terms and conditions being applicable as with the first purchase.

“We are going to be the first transit fleet in California to be zero-emissions/all-electricand look forward to working with GreenPower to replace our aging and polluting active-fleet,” commented Richard Tree, Transit Manager, Porterville Transit. “Companies like GreenPower are driving the industry forward, and making all-electric the new norm in public transportation, while playing a significant role in accomplishing our mission to improve the environment in our community and the Valley as a whole.”

As it stands, the first bus of the order is expected to be delivered by Autumn 2017. The remaining 9 will then be delivered over the following 3 to 4 months.

“This conversion of the entire Porterville transit system to GreenPower zero-emission buses is the most innovative project that I have been part of to date, and it is ground-breaking for the industry,” stated Brendan Riley, President of GreenPower. “In addition, we have 20 buses available on this contract for other transit properties, including the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District who are seeking to deploy not just a zero-emission vehicle, but a zero-emission solution.”

Overall, that sounds like a pretty good deal for the City of Porterville. Getting diesel buses off the roads is of course always an easy way to reduce local air pollution emissions.

Porterville bought Proterra electric buses back in 2015, but then made the momentous announcement at the end of 2016 that it would go fully electric.

10 More Electric Buses To Make Porterville Fully Electric, by James Ayre, CleanTechnica, March 12, 2017.

Almond Huller’s Solar Panels Make Efficient Use of Land

A triangle of land is doing double duty at Cortez Hulling, which takes the hulls off almonds at a plant near Ballico.

At ground level is a basin that captures heavy storm runoff directed away from the stockpiles of hulls, which are used mainly for dairy feed. On top are solar panels that provide 74 percent of the plant’s electricity.

JKB Energy of Turlock installed the system that way to minimize the footprint on this high-value ground.

“It uses the land in the most efficient way,” Chad Cummings, director of sales and marketing at JKB, said Wednesday. “I think that fits with the values of the ag industry and the values of solar.”

The plant, at Santa Fe and Cortez avenues, is a longtime part of the California almond industry. Booming sales have led to large gains in land values.

The solar system has cut conventional power costs by about $110,000 a year.

“It keeps our Turlock Irrigation District bill low, and doesn’t get in the way of operations,” said David Thiel, general manager of the Cortez Growers Association, which owns the plant.

Cummings said the installation cost was slightly higher than normal because of the need to put the panels on concrete supports above the basin, but it still penciled out.

JKB is one of several solar companies working with farmers and food processors. They have conserved land also by putting panels on rooftops or using them to shade parking lots.

Almond Huller’s Solar Panels Make Efficient Use of Land, by John Holland, The Modesto Bee, March 31, 2017.

 

Trump’s Climate Policy Roll-Back Won’t Impact Central Valley

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order in attempts to roll-back former President Barack Obama’s legislation aimed to curb global warming.

The order suspends, rescinds or flags for review more than a half-dozen measures on power plant emissions limits, coal mining on federal lands, and regulations on fracking and methane.

It will not, however, have much, if any, impact on the Central Valley anytime soon.

“The main thing to keep in mind is this is not going to happen very quickly,” said Dave Clegern, California Air Resources Board public information officer. “Most of what the president set in motion today will take considerable time, so impacts here – and many other places – won’t be seen quickly.”

As part of the roll-back, Trump initiated a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The Obama-era plan would cut emissions by almost a third from 2005 levels by 2030 while saving billions of dollars and thousands of lives from air pollution, according to CARB.

“As far as the Clean Power Plan, California was already ahead of that,” Clegern said.

The plan required individual states to address climate change, of which California has already surpassed.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 32, committing California to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

On Thursday, CARB approved another rule to further improve air quality for California residents: the oil and gas rule.

The new regulation is aimed at curbing emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas that regularly escapes from oil and gas operations.

CARB said it will reduce methane leaks by the equivalent of 1.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road for a year.

“The Trump administration has backed away from efforts to develop a federal rule to curb methane leaks from existing facilities — the nation’s largest source of methane pollution,” said CARB Chair Mary Nichols, Thursday. “California’s regulations continue our leadership in fighting air pollutants and help meet our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.”

For now, California is set to continue its preventative efforts, Clergen said.

“We think this is a bad move, but the federal government has the right to review it’s rules,” he said. “California will just keep going.”

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District declined to comment on the executive order and its effects on the Central Valley.

San Joaquin Valley and renewable energy

Construction of renewable energy projects has generated $11.6 billion in economic activity in California’s San Joaquin Valley

Renewable energy programs created about 31,000 direct jobs in the valley and another 57,000 indirect jobs from 2002 to 2015.

The San Joaquin Valley is home to 24 percent of the state’s solar energy generation and 54 percent of its wind generation.

Information provided by California Air Resources Board

Trump’s Climate Policy Roll-Back Won’t Impact Central Valley, by Calley Cederlof, Visalia Times-Delta, March 28, 2017.

Kings County Getting First Battery Storage Plant

“The future is going to overwhelmingly be solar plus battery. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.” – Elon Musk

Kings County is processing a conditional-use permit to build a 20-acre, six-phase battery storage facility, designed to work with nearby utility-size solar plants to save and deliver electric power to the grid in morning and evening hours. The logic of storage technology – one can save energy you produce for when it is needed the most. It works when the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine.

The California PUC has mandated that utilities contract to buy 1,325 MW of battery storage by 2020, and some of it right now. PG&E has awarded a contract to NY-based Convergent Energy for 10MW of DC powered batteries that will be set up at a site near the Henrietta substation near Lemoore, that is already surrounded by a sea of solar farms.

Criss-crossed by major transmission lines and popular with solar farm developers, Kings County is likely going to get more of these next generation of renewable energy facilities in coming years.

Henrietta D Energy Storage LLC, is a 10-MW distribution-connected, stand-alone zinc-air battery energy storage resource with a discharge duration of four hours. It will be located at 16885 25th Ave., near NAS Lemoore. The expected initial delivery date is May 1, 2020, with a term of 20 years.

While the first phase of the project is a modest 10 megawatts, the conditional permit calls for up to 187 megawatts, some 760 boxcar-size power units, that will look like a white city from the Avenal Cutoff highway.

Kings County has been a hotbed of solar activity in the past few years with more coming. That includes several large Recurrent Energy solar farms near this proposed battery plant including the new NAS Lemoore 167MW solar facility on 930 acres at the base. In a nod to defense security, the Navy has favored battery storage technology for the base, home of the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, to be more self-sufficient and to ensure the lights stay on – even if the grid goes dark.

Convergent Energy spokesman Frank Genova, the firm’s CFO, says they have “big plans for the expansion of this site that will depend on how fast demand increases” for stored energy in the area. Genova says “technology improvements and increased production has driven battery costs down,” helping to spur more installations, particularly in California. The oil and offshore renewable energy giant Statoil, recently made a large equity investment in Convergent.

Clearly falling prices are helping with one source saying the price of lithium ion batteries dropped 90 percent between 1990 and 2005, and has continued dropping.  Meanwhile, California has been the most aggressive at using the new technology to help replace power from the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant, and soon-to-be-closed Diablo Canyon.

Helping to drive down the cost for batteries has been the construction of the Elon Musk-inspired Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada that opened in December. Tesla has been behind the opening of a new 80MW battery storage facility for SCE located near Los Angeles that fired up last year. It helped replace power lost from the big natural gas leak at the Sempra Energy’s Aliso Canyon storage facility in 2015 that backed up intermittent power from wind and solar farms.

Battery storage is only one type of storage technology. Pumped hydro has been used by PG&E in Sierra at the huge Helms plant for decades to store and release power when needed, moving water uphill  when it is cheap at night.

In related news, PG&E also has announced it would contract with Amber Kinetics to build 20MW, four-hour duration Gen-2 Flywheel Systems. The company says it believes its steel flywheel technology will drive down pricing while enhancing operational safety and flexibility for utility-scale energy storage. Until now, commercial flywheel system capabilities were measured in minutes, with limited usefulness to electric utilities seeking to integrate renewable energy at transmission and micro-grid levels.

Amber Kinetics’ technology offers critical advantages over batteries, says the firm. Even with unlimited cycling during their 30-year lifespan, the systems have no degradation. Because they are 98 percent steel by weight, they pose no risk of fire, chemical explosion or hazardous materials release. Most important, because they are manufactured from readily available, abundant raw materials and don’t need replacement at regular intervals, they are significantly more cost effective than batteries.

Energy Nuevo, Amber Kinetics’ 20 MW project located in the city of Fresno, was selected by PG&E in California’s first energy storage solicitation. It is believed to be one of the largest ever for a transmission level flywheel system. Energy Nuevo will provide energy storage beginning in 2020.

Also PG&E selected Hecate Energy for a 1MW lithium ion energy storage facility at the old Kearney substation.

Kings County Getting First Battery Storage Plant, by John Lindt, The Sentinel, March 16, 2017.