Approval of PPAs for the Largest Solar and Battery Energy Storage Systems in the US Announced

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced the City Council approval of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for the largest solar and battery energy storage systems in the country. The council unanimously approved the PPAs for the Eland Solar and Storage Center.

The LA Mayor website reported that the largest solar and battery energy storage situated in the said state is part of the Mayor’s Green New Deal. It aims to assist the state to achieve the following renewable energy target: 55 percent by 2025, 80 percent by 2036, and 100 percent by 2045.

Mayor Garcetti stated, “We are entering a make-or-break decade for the preservation of our planet. And LA is leading the transition to a low-carbon future that will combat the climate crisis, create new clean energy jobs, and keep the lights on without relying on dirty fossil fuels.”

He also added, “The Eland Solar and Storage Center will provide renewable energy to nearly one million residents. It will also play a pivotal role in powering our progress toward a more sustainable future.”

LADWP’s First Utility-Scale, Integrated Solar and Battery Project

The Center will be Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) first utility-scale, integrated solar and battery project. The project aims to provide dispatchable power to customers in the evening. Also, this aims to reduce being dependent on natural gas when renewable energy is not available.

It is situated in Kern County, California and will include two large-scale solar facilities. The facilities will capture 400 megawatts of solar energy and up to 1,200 megawatt-hours of energy. Overall, it will hold sufficient energy to provide power to approximately 283,330 homes across the state.

LADWP General Manager Martin Adams said, “The Eland Solar and Storage Center will offer reliable, cost-competitive energy. This is as we expand solar and other renewable resources to meet our aggressive climate change goals.”

At present, LADWP obtains approximately 32 percent of its energy from renewables. The Center will provide an additional 7.1 percent. LA will be able to ward off about 727,360 metric tons of GHG emissions from fossil fuel power plants.

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