sPower puts 60 MW of solar PV online for Palo Alto’s municipal utility

This morning sPower announced that it has put online two new solar PV plants totaling 60 MW, as its latest progress. The 40 MW Elevation Solar C and the 20 MW Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch B PV plants are located in Lancaster, California, and will supply power to the City of Palo Alto, California’s municipal utility through a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

sPower has been busy lately bringing projects online and signing new PPAs, yesterday announcing that it completed a 107 MW PV plant, also in Lancaster, which will supply power to the California Department of Water Resources.

This follows the completion of a 10 MW plant in Lancaster a week prior. The company expects to complete a total of 500 MW of renewable energy projects in the last quarter of 2016, which will bring its portfolio of operational projects to over 1 GW.

sPower does not plan to stop there, and also announced a total of 154 MW of power purchase agreements in California earlier this month.

For Palo Alto, these contracts are another feather in its sustainability cap. The city utility says that its electricity supply has been carbon neutral since 2013, while keeping utility rates competitive with surrounding areas. This includes getting roughly 1/3 of its power from solar generation.