Valley Clean Energy is now receiving power from a new solar park located in Kings County, Calif. VCE signed a 15-year contract to purchase 50-MW of renewable power with Aquamarine Westside’s 250MW solar project. This contract will replace current short-term power contracts, allowing VCE to deliver higher levels of renewable power at competitive prices.
The Aquamarine project is located in CIM Group’s Westlands Solar Park, a master-planned clean energy park with over 2GW of solar production potential.
“Valley Clean Energy is excited to begin receiving renewable electricity from CIM Group’s Aquamarine project. This long-term partnership is a win-win enterprise, generating cost-effective solar power on land that is unusable for agriculture,” said Dan Carson, Davis City Councilmember and VCE board chair.
“We’re proud to add more long-term renewables to our power portfolio, and to keep renewable electricity affordable for all our customers. Having more clean, renewable sources is a step toward a better energy future for California,” added Carson.
Aquamarine was selected after dozens of competing projects were solicited. VCE selected the project based on criteria designed to select cost-effective California-based renewable projects that provide local jobs, minimize the impact on prime farmland, and avoid environmentally sensitive resources. Agricultural and environmental groups have endorsed Westlands Solar Park in all areas.