Duke Energy Renewables buys 55-MWs of solar projects selling power under 20-year PPAs to SCE from SunPower

Written By: Stratton Report
January 10, 2017

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On January 10, Duke Energy Renewables announced it had acquired three solar power projects from SunPower Corp. totaling 55-MWs. Southern California Edison is purchasing the power generated by the plants under 20-year agreements.

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.

Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology noted:

“These solar projects are excellent facilities that increase our solar presence in California by 50 percent. 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.

Ty Daul, SunPower senior vice president, Americas Power Plants noted: “Forward-thinking utilities today are diversifying their energy portfolio with increasing amounts of solar capacity. We are proud to partner with Duke Energy to serve more California customers with affordable, emission free solar power generated from these facilities.”