The project, which was developed by First Solar, is currently under construction, with completion anticipated by the end of 2017. Power from the project is expected to be supplied to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) starting in January 2019. Community Choice Aggregator Peninsula Clean Energy has a one-year “bridge” PPA for power delivered from the plant in 2018.
“Their technology and integrated power plant solutions will help us provide a cost-effective energy solution for the residents and businesses of Santa Barbara,” said Bryan Martin, CEO of DESRI.
When in operation, the power plant – which is the first utility-scale solar installation in Santa Barbara County – is expected to annually provide enough clean, affordable sustainable electricity to power about 16,000 typical California homes and displace more than 30,000 metric tons of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions each year – the equivalent of taking almost 6,000 cars off the road.
Cuyama is the third renewable energy project DESRI has acquired from First Solar. In 2016, DESRI affiliates acquired the 31MWac Portal Ridge Solar Project in Los Angeles County and the 11MWac Rancho Seco Solar Project in Sacramento County.