US-based energy company Clean Power Alliance has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Renewables North America to purchase clean electricity from the Desert Quartzite solar-plus-storage project in California.

The project is located in Riverside County on unincorporated land administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management.

It includes a 300MW solar power project combined with a 600MWh battery energy storage system.

Under the 15-year PPA, the Desert Quartzite project will deliver renewable power to CPA’s customers across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties from February 2024.

Clean Power Alliance executive director Ted Bardacke said: “The clean reliable energy we will receive from the Desert Quartzite facility fits perfectly within our mission to improve the lives and environment of our customers and communities.

“Our board has identified solar-plus-storage as being key to our continued growth and a means to further improve reliability for our millions of customers.

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“This project will also create many more green jobs here in southern California.”

The project is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs and will use horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic technology.

Once fully operational, the facility is expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 163,000 households in California while offsetting more than 669,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

EDF Renewables origination and power marketing senior director Sohinaz Sotoudeh said: “EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with Clean Power Alliance to supply affordable in-state solar energy to their growing customer base through the Desert Quartzite solar-plus-storage project.

“It is particularly satisfying to work with CPA, whose mission to empower communities with a choice for renewable power aligns with EDF Renewables’ ambition to help build a sustainable energy future.

“We are committed to helping CPA and other CCAs achieve their clean energy future through projects that also improve grid resiliency.”