Solar owner and operator Lightsource BP has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 25 MW in the Western U.S.
The PPAs were signed with California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), one of the nation’s largest municipal utilities, and with Continental Divide Electric Cooperative (CDEC), a member-owned distribution cooperative in New Mexico. The deals will bring locally generated solar photovoltaic power to the utilities’ customers over 20-plus-year terms.
Wildflower Solar I, totaling roughly 16 MW, will be located within SMUD’s territory and will support SMUD’s community solar program, SolarShares. Additionally, SMUD and Lightsource BP are currently exploring the addition of energy storage to the PV system.
In New Mexico, Lightsource BP will develop and construct a project within CDEC’s territory. The co-op will serve clean energy to its members through its own distribution system.
“We’re excited to deliver affordable local solar to our utility partners and their customers,” says Katherine Ryzhaya, Lightsource BP’s U.S. chief commercial officer. “Our solar solutions will drive local economic development and job growth, increase utility customer satisfaction, and provide a cleaner, healthier environment for their communities.”
Lighthouse BP Inks Western Solar PPAs, by Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry, November 8, 2018.