Ormat Technologies Inc. announced that it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Imperial Irrigation District (IID) for 10 MW of solar PV energy. The project, Ormat’s first independent PV project in the U.S., will be located near the Heber geothermal complex in Imperial Valley, Calif..
Ormat will develop, own and operate the solar project with IID purchasing the power generated under a 20-year PPA. Construction is anticipated to begin this year and commercial operation is expected within 18 months, subject to timely completion of the interconnection. The project will generate approximately 24,500 annual megawatt-hours of energy production.
“We are pleased to partner with IID in support of their renewable energy growth plan,” said Yoram Bronicki, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ormat Technologies. “While Ormat’s roots in solar energy go back more than 40 years, we have recently reinitiated our development efforts in solar projects as a way to expand our renewable energy portfolio. Developing projects in a cost-effective way and with an acceptable tariff, without the strong dependence on tax incentives, is vital for us to further expand our solar activity in a meaningful way.
“As the project is being built near the Heber geothermal complex area, it allows for reliance upon a portion of the existing infrastructure, such as the operation facilities.”
In addition to development in the U.S., Ormat has made progress with a number of solar PV projects outside the U.S. where it expects to move from the regulatory process to the project development stage for an additional 10 to 15 MW of solar PV power generation.
Have you checked out our YouTube page?
We have a ton video interviews and additional content on our YouTube page. Recently we debuted Power Forward! -- a collaboration with BayWa r.e. to discuss higher level industry topics as well as best practices / trends for running a solar business today.
Our longer running side project is The Pitch -- in which we have awkward discussions with solar manufacturers and suppliers about their new technology and ideas so that you don't have to. We've discusses everything from residential rail-less deck attaching and home solar financing to large-scale energy storage value stacking and utility-driven new home solar + storage microgrids.
We also post our Project of the Year announcements there! Interviews with this year's winners will be up starting the week of Nov. 8. Head there and subscribe today to stay on top of all this extra stuff.