Renewable America’s 3-MW solar project for Peninsula Clean Energy to help low-income customers

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Peninsula Clean Energy and Renewable America are announcing a new solar project that will provide emission-free power to disadvantaged customers in San Mateo County and the City of Los Banos.

The Dos Palos Clean Power project will generate 3 megawatts (MWac) of solar power as part of Peninsula Clean Energy’s Green Access Program, which is providing more than 1,000 income-qualified customers in San Mateo County and the City of Los Banos with a 20 percent savings on their electric bills.

“This project checks several important boxes for us, including helping us get closer to our central goal of providing all-renewable power to all of our customers at nearly all hours of the day and evening,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “Sourcing this carbon-free power for our Los Banos customers from their home county also further shows how we are helping produce and deliver clean and affordable power beyond the coastline and into the heart of our state.”

Renewable America is developing, financing, constructing, and maintaining operation of the Dos Palos project in Merced County, which is expected to be online in August 2023.

“Our team is thrilled to partner with Peninsula Clean Energy to provide locally sourced solar electricity to their members,” Renewable America CEO Ardi Arian said. “This project is unique because it will directly benefit the residents of the surrounding community in Los Banos through local investment and job creation.”

Peninsula Clean Energy’s Green Access program is part of a statewide effort from the California Public Utilities Commission to help low-income residents with their energy bills in communities that experience higher levels of environmental pollution.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, the Dos Palos Clean Power project will offset more than 6,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is equivalent to taking more than 1,317 vehicles off the road per year.

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