By Editors of Power Engineering
Though the Tranquility 8 Verde solar project hasn’t yet begun construction, Recurrent Energy has already landed it another power purchase agreement.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District will purchase the remaining 60 MW of power from the 200 MW development in Fresno County, California. The purchase will help SMUD with its SolarShares program, which allows customers to offset their monthly bill with a portion of solar power.
“SMUD continues to add more renewable, non-carbon supplies to our power mix,” said Sherri Gervin, SMUD supervising principal energy trading commodity contracts specialist. “SMUD was the first large California utility to have 20 percent of its power supply come from sources classified by California as renewable, and is on track to meet the state mandate requiring utilities to increase their renewable portfolio to 33 percent by 2020. In the last decade the renewable portion of our power mix has grown from 7 percent to 28 percent.”
The remaining 140 MW from Tranquility 8 already has purchase agreements with MCE, PG&E and SCE. Construction will begin in mid-2017 and energy will begin production in 2018.
Recurrent, a division of Canadian Solar, completed a portfolio of four solar projects for SMUD in 2012.