Power and the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) today announced that two new solar farms have begun commercial operation. The facilities are the 40MW Elevation Solar C and the 20MW Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch B solar farms located in Lancaster, Calif. CPAU is purchasing all 60MW of solar energy produced at the facilities under 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs).
"The City is committed to delivering reliable, affordable and environmentally-friendly power," said Ed Shikada, assistant city manager and general manager of Utilities. "Adding these solar projects to our diverse electric supply portfolio is in line with our sustainability values and helps us move closer to the ultimate goal of 100 percent carbon free electricity. I am also proud to say that through these long-term contracts, we continue to put our customers' best financial interests first, as the rates we are paying for the energy are some of the lowest we have ever seen."
"We are pleased to be able to support the City of Palo Alto's goal of giving customers economical rates while adding to its carbon-neutral electric resources. The City has been an outstanding organization to work with," said Hans Isern, SVP of Utility Power Marketing. "While we are always happy to connect new projects to the grid, we are especially proud of the fact that Elevation Solar C is sPower's largest organic, self-generated PPA to date. It's another key milestone for our company."