The following is a press release issued by Sonoma Clean Power and Renewable Properties composed by Suzanne Pletcher. For full disclosure, Sonoma Clean Power is one of MendoFever’s advertisers:
Renewable Properties, a developer and investor in small-scale utility and community solar projects, and Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), a community choice aggregator (CCA), have signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for two solar projects. One of the projects, located in Ukiah, will include energy storage. Both projects will contribute to SCP’s local resource plan for its EverGreen service, the first and only California CCA to offer subscribers 100% renewable, locally generated energy 24/7 through solar, energy storage, and geothermal power.
One of Renewable Properties’ two solar projects will include a 4MW/16 MWh battery that will primarily be used to capture solar energy generated during the middle of the day and redeploy the energy in the evening hours when customers need it most. In addition to energy shifting, the battery can smooth variable solar production and provide frequency regulation, dispatch reserves, and other grid services that increase the resiliency of the local power distribution network.
The solar and storage projects will complement the baseload energy generated by The Geysers, SCP’s existing local geothermal power plant and one of the largest geothermal plants in the world. The combination of local solar, local storage, and local geothermal energy will allow EverGreen subscribers to receive 100% of their power from renewable energy at all times, avoiding the need to import gas-generated power during times of peak energy use.
“Renewable Properties is committed to developing small-scale utility renewable energy projects that directly serve the communities we operate in,” said Brian von Moos, Chief Operating Officer at Renewable Properties. “We’re pleased to support Sonoma Clean Power, a pioneer in delivering locally generated renewable energy, with these projects that provide renewable energy when their customers need it most.”
The projects, both located in Mendocino County, will commence construction in March 2024 and are expected to be completed by early 2025. The 4.99 MWac Twin Pines Circle Solar project, in Laytonville, CA, will produce enough energy to power 1,108 homes per year and offset 9,700 tons of CO2 annually. The 4 MWac Redemeyer Road Solar project in Ukiah, CA, will incorporate a 16 MWh battery that will produce enough energy to power 934 homes per year and offset 8,171 tons of CO2 annually. The Redemeyer project will also be the first locally sited solar + storage project for Sonoma Clean Power.
“These Renewable Properties projects will be instrumental in helping SCP to bring our customers the many benefits of generating locally sited renewable energy,” said Deb Emerson, Managing Director, Power Procurement, at Sonoma Clean Power. “By combining solar and energy storage with our geothermal plant, these groundbreaking projects can serve as a model for other regions seeking to achieve local renewable energy goals.”
Twin Pines Circle Solar and Redemeyer Road Solar add to Renewable Properties’ growing portfolio of local renewables projects for CCAs. To date, Renewable Properties has partnered with four other California CCAs on solar projects, and Redemeyer Road Solar will be the second storage project with a CCA. Projects including storage are increasing due to the new energy storage incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act, which are making projects like these more cost-effective.
About Renewable Properties
Founded in 2017, Renewable Properties specializes in developing and investing in small-scale utility and community solar and storage energy projects throughout the U.S. Led by experienced renewable energy professionals with development and investment experience, Renewable Properties is active in 15 states and has over 800 MWs of solar and energy storage under development with over 120 MWs under construction or in operation. Renewable Properties works closely with communities, developers, landowners, utilities, and financial institutions looking to invest in solar energy systems. For more information about Renewable Properties, visit www.renewprop.com.
About Sonoma Clean Power
Sonoma Clean Power is the public power provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, serving about half a million people. In downtown Santa Rosa, SCP operates the only Advanced Energy Center in the United States dedicated to helping customers transition to 100% renewable energy for their homes, businesses, and vehicles. SCP is also the only power provider in California offering 100% local, renewable electricity twenty-four hours per day, every day of the year. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.
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