Renewable energy-focused power producer and service provider EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) announced today a long-term solar-and-storage power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California’ Clean Power Alliance (CPA)

The PPA is for the Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage project, consisting of a 300 megawatt solar project coupled with a 600 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS). According to EDF, the project will provide enough electricity to power more than 163,000 California homes, avoiding 669,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

Sohinaz Sotoudeh, Senior Director, Origination & Power Marketing at EDF Renewables, said:

“EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with Clean Power Alliance to supply affordable in-state solar energy to their growing customer base through the Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage Project. It is particularly satisfying to work with CPA, whose mission to empower communities with a choice for renewable power aligns with EDF Renewables’ ambition to help build a sustainable energy future. We are committed to helping CPA and other CCAs achieve their clean energy future through projects that also improve grid resiliency.”

By coupling the solar facility with an energy storage solution, the produced electricity during peak solar hours can be dispatched later in the day, creating a balance between electricity generation and demand. Energy storage is seen as one of the key building blocks for the rapidly expanding clean energy transition, given the intermittent generating nature of many sources of renewable energy, and the need to satisfy round the clock energy demand, while ensuring that energy is not wasted.

Ted Bardacke, Clean Power Alliance Executive Director, said:

“The clean reliable energy we will receive from the Desert Quartzite facility fits perfectly within our mission to improve the lives and environment of our customers and communities. Our Board has identified solar-plus-storage as being key to our continued growth and a means to further improve reliability for our millions of customers. This project will also create many more green jobs here in Southern California.”