US-based Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) has started construction of the 200MW Wright Solar utility-scale solar facility in California’s Central Valley.
Owned by Centaurus Renewable Energy, the project is reported to be California’s largest solar installation and is being built for the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).
PCE CEO Jan Pepper said: “This is a huge step for Peninsula Clean Energy and our customers. The Wright Solar project moves us toward our goal of providing all customers with 100% renewable power by 2025.
“This long-term contract locks in the price we pay for electricity, which helps ensure that our rates will remain low. The size of the project is unique for a CCA and positions PCE as a leader in the industry.”
Construction and operations of the project, which is expected to come online by the end of next year, will be managed by Clēnera.
Additionally, PCE has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Wright Solar Park to buy the solar facility’s electricity.
Swinerton Renewable Energy is constructing the solar facility, which will generate enough energy to power more than 100,000 San Mateo County homes annually.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors president and founding PCE Board chair Dave Pine said: “With the Wright Solar project, we are helping to fight climate change by adding 200MW of new solar power. We’re also proud that the construction of this project will create approximately 400 union jobs in Merced County.”