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Duke Energy Renewables acquires three California solar projects from SunPower

Duke Energy Renewables acquires three California solar projects from SunPower

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Duke Energy Renewables announced recently it has acquired three solar power projects from SunPower Corp. totaling 55 megawatts (MW). The sites include the 20-MW Rio Bravo I, the 20-MW Rio Bravo II, and the 15-MW Wildwood Solar II solar power plants. They are located in Kern County, California, adjacent to two existing solar sites owned by Duke Energy Renewables. “These solar projects are excellent facilities that increase our solar presence in California by 50 percent,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. “As we continue to grow our footprint in the state, we’re pleased to provide cost-efficient, sustainable power systems that contribute to California’s leadership in renewable energy.” The acquisition was completed in late December, the same month the facilities were placed in service. Southern California Edison is purchasing the power generated by the plants under 20-year agreements.

“Forward-thinking utilities today are diversifying their energy portfolio with increasing amounts of solar capacity,” said Ty Daul, SunPower senior vice president, Americas Power Plants. “We are proud to partner with Duke Energy to serve more California customers with affordable, emission free solar power generated from these facilities.” The sites consist of high-efficiency SunPower solar panels. More than 2,600 MW of solar power plants worldwide are using SunPower’s leading solar technology.

Duke Energy Renewables growing California operations

In December, Duke Energy Renewables also completed its 20-MW Longboat Solar Power Project in San Bernardino County, California, which was acquired from EDF Renewable Energy and announced in March of 2016.

The following is a summary of Duke Energy Renewables’ California solar projects acquired and completed in 2016:

Project name

Location

In service 
date
Size 
(AC)
Number 
PV Panels
Customer
Rio Bravo I

Kern County

Dec. 201620 MW59,770Southern California
Edison
Rio Bravo II

Kern County

Dec. 201620 MW59,770Southern California
Edison
Wildwood II

Kern County

Dec. 201615 MW48,200Southern California
Edison
Longboat

San Bernardino County

Dec. 201620 MW84,000Southern California
Edison

In addition, Duke Energy Renewables has six other solar power projects in California that began operations prior to 2016:

Project name

Location

In service 
date
Size 
(AC)
Customer
Sunset Reservoir

San Francisco

Dec. 20105 MWSan Francisco Public Utilities
Commission
Highlander

Twentynine Palms

June 201321 MWSouthern California Edison
Pumpjack

Kern County

Dec. 201420 MWSouthern California Edison
Wildwood

Kern County

Dec. 201420 MWSouthern California Edison
Seville I

Imperial County

Dec. 201520 MWSan Diego Gas & Electric
Seville II

Imperial County

Dec. 201530 MW

Imperial Irrigation District

Source:PRN
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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