Clearway Energy Group recently commenced the commercial operation of a solar and battery plant in California, boasting a capacity of 482MW for solar and 280MW for batteries.
To mark this achievement, Clearway, along with customers, partners, and members of the community, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in San Bernardino County.
The celebration was in honour of the facility’s successful transition into commercial operations at the Daggett Solar+Storage site, which is situated near the retired Coolwater gas-fired power plant.
Governor Gavin Newsom said “This is exactly the sort of innovation and big thinking that California needs, repurposing old fossil fuel infrastructure to build one of the biggest solar and battery projects in the country”.
“With projects like this, we’ll achieve a 100% clean electric grid and drastically cut pollution to combat climate change – all while creating good-paying jobs.”
CEO of Clearway Energy Group, Craig Cornelius, said “The project has brought a billion-dollar investment to an energy transition community and will provide clean, reliable, and low-cost power to California homes and businesses for years to come”.
“We extend deep gratitude to our customers, partners, San Bernardino County, and the Daggett and Newberry Springs communities for the support that helped bring this important project to life.”
The Daggett Solar+Storage project was built in collaboration with IBEW Local 477, generating more than 500 union jobs during the construction phase. Wärtsilä provided the batteries for the project.
The Daggett Solar+Storage complex is being developed in three distinct phases.
The last phase, involving a 113.5MW battery storage component contracted separately with an investment-grade rated utility offtaker, is expected to achieve commercial operation by 2025, thereby increasing the total battery capacity to 394MW.
Susan Nickey, who serves as the Chief Client Officer at HASI, participated in a 1.6GW joint equity agreement with Clearway Energy in 2020 said “We are proud to be a co-investor in the Daggett Solar+Storage facility, one of the most significant operating solar and storage projects in the country”.
During its operational phase, Daggett Solar+Storage is expected to contribute approximately $18.5 million in local tax revenue and $5 million in annual expenditures to the area.
Daggett Solar + Storage has secured contracts with six load serving entities, which include Clean Power Alliance, Constellation, East Bay Community Energy (soon to be known as Ava Community Energy), MCE, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA).
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