125-MW phase of California’s Westlands Solar Park starts commercial operation
The first 125 MW phase of the Aquamarine solar project at Westlands Solar Park (WSP) in California’s San Joaquin Valley has become commercially operational. The second phase of 125 MW is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
Aquamarine supplies power to Valley Clean Energy Alliance and Silicon Valley Power.
“Bringing clean solar energy from Aquamarine to California is an important milestone in realizing the full potential of our 20,000-acre Westlands Solar Park. As one of the largest solar projects in the US, Westlands Solar Park, when fully constructed, will have the capacity to provide 2.7 GW of renewable energy, a significant resource for utilities and companies planning to reduce carbon emissions. continue to reduce and meet California requirements. renewable energy targets,” said Avi Shemesh, co-founder and director, CIM group.
Pacific Gas & Electric has authorized Cal-ISO to connect Aquamarine to the grid. Cal-ISO, in turn, has authorized Aquamarine to begin syncing and launch a power generation pilot project that supplies power to the grid. The test period of several weeks was successfully concluded and Aquamarine officially started commercial activities on September 17th.
CIM Group is currently negotiating additional PPAs with other potential counterparties for Aquamarine and future phases at WSP.
The master-planned energy park spans more than 20,000 acres in California’s San Joaquin Valley in western Fresno and Kings Counties and is designed to open in phases to meet the needs of public and private utilities and other energy consumers.
CIM reuses selenium-contaminated and poorly drained farmland for clean energy development. In addition, WSP wants to improve the air quality in the San Joaquin Valley, as the solar park does not cause fine pollution. The goal of CIM’s clean energy projects is to provide solutions to multiple policy goals for the State of California’s renewable energy mandate, including greenhouse gas reduction and carbon-free energy.
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