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August 31, 2021

Rabbitbrush Solar Project – Battery Energy Storage System, US

By Carmen

The Rabbitbrush Solar Project – Battery Energy Storage System is a 20,000kW energy storage project located in Kern County, California, US.

The project was announced in 2020 and will be commissioned in 2022.

Description

The Rabbitbrush Solar Project – Battery Energy Storage System is being developed by First Solar. The project is owned by First Solar (100%).

Contractors involved

First Solar is the owner. First Solar is the developer.

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Additional information

First Solar, Inc. has signed two 15-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE). Under the PPAs, both agencies will buy electricity from the Rabbitbrush Solar project developed by First Solar in Kern County, California. The 100 MW AC photovoltaic (PV) solar plant, scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2022, will also feature 20 MW of battery storage capacity, capable of delivering electricity for 2.5 hours.

About First Solar

First Solar Inc (First Solar) is a provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. It designs, manufactures and sells PV solar modules. The company produces solar systems using cadmium telluride technology. First Solar also offers solar PV power systems, and operations and maintenance services to system owners; and energy storage solutions and algorithms to design and simulate the optimal dispatch of a system. The company serves utilities, commercial and industrial companies, independent power producers, and other system owners in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. It has solar module manufacturing facilities in the US, Malaysia, Germany and Vietnam. First Solar is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, the US.

Methodology

All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.

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