California utility partners with local IPP on solar energy


Under the 25 year PPA, the IPP will provide the utility with power generated from its recently launched 1.11MWp solar energy plant located Novato, California.

The agreement falls under MCE Clean Energy’s motive to accelerate its provision of renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions.

EDF Renewable Energy partnered with MCE Clean Energy to construct the plant sited on a 4 acre carport in partnership with the Buck Institute and California-based electrical engineering and construction company Curpertino Electric.

[quote] Commenting on the launch of the plant, Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE Clean Energy, said the project is “a perfect example of our shared community values in action – new renewables leading to more jobs and priceless environmental benefits.”

Apart from providing solar powered energy, the solar canopy will provide protection to some 252 employees and visitors vehicles at Institute.

Solar energy developments

The news follows last week’s announcement by global renewable energy investment companies Vision Ridge Partners and GSSG solar on their partnership to fund a solar energy programme in the Japanese region of Nagano.

The solar energy project set for completion in 2017 is owned by Japanese utility Chubu EPCO and is expected to produce energy able to power more than 3,800 households annually in Nagano.

The collaboration is part of a programme launched by the Japanese Ministry of Energy Trade and Industry to attract investments in solar projects to  ensure grid reliability and efficiency through increased adoption of smart energy sources. [SolarCity partners with US utility on solar and storage].

Commenting on the development, Reuben Munger, Managing Partner of Vision Ridge said: “Today’s announcement with GSSG Solar highlights the importance of global solutions when tackling global problems like climate change and energy security.”

The project will include installation of some 143,000 SunPower modules on a large piece of land formerly a golf course, as land acquisition for implementation of renewable energy projects still remains a major challenge in the East Asian country.


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