California PV-Storage Project Inks Offtake
Desert Community Energy (DCE) and Vesper Energy have entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement for solar energy and battery storage in California.
DCE will purchase all of the energy produced from the Deer Creek 50MW Solar plus 200 megawatt-hour storage project.
The Deer Creek Solar + Storage project, in Tulare County, is scheduled to begin construction in 2022 and be completed in 2023.
This is the first solar plus battery storage contract entered into by DCE.
The agreement will help DCE meet a primary goal of providing carbon-free energy to its customers in the City of Palm Springs.
DCE also recently signed three contracts for wind energy produced in Palm Springs.
The Deer Creek Solar + Storage project will generate nearly 190,000 MWh annually in its first year of operation.
The battery storage component will allow for the solar power to be stored and discharged at the time the power is most needed by the grid, such as during the evening peak, providing much needed reliability and solar integration to the grid as well as “significant financial value” to DCE.
“We are very pleased to be working with Desert Community Energy on this innovative project to supply clean, carbon-free energy to their customers for decades to come,” said Vesper Energy CEO, Craig Carson.