EDF Renewables North America inked a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for the energy and renewable attributes related to the 117 MWac (148 MWdc) Sapphire Solar project.
Sapphire Solar is guaranteed to begin delivery of carbon-free electricity to SCPPA’s participating members, Anaheim, Pasadena and Vernon, by Dec. 31, 2026. In addition to the solar production, SCPPA reserves the option to a 59 MWac x 4-hour (236 MWh) battery energy storage system (BESS).
Sapphire Solar, located in Riverside County on private land, expects to create approximately 250 jobs during the construction phase with more than $253 million generated in new tax revenue over the operating life for taxing entities.
“We are very pleased to build upon our successful partnership with SCPPA, initiated in 2010, and most recently with the 2018 Desert Harvest II transaction, to bring more renewable energy online in support of their decarbonization commitment for member communities,” said Sohinaz Sotoudeh, VP — West origination and power marketing for EDF Renewables. “We look forward to future opportunities to further advance carbon-free energy for California.”
In addition to its economic benefits for Riverside County, the project is expected to generate 375,800 MWh of clean energy annually.
“This project will help our participating SCPPA members meet and exceed renewable energy and resource adequacy requirements, while at the same time minimizing costs and maintaining reliability,” said Michael Webster, executive director of SCPPA.
EDF Renewables, one of the largest renewable developers in North America, is committed to providing solutions to meet its customers’ carbon-reduction goals. With 35 years of experience and 16 GW of wind, solar and storage projects developed, the independent power producer provides integrated energy solutions from grid-scale power to electric vehicle charging.
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