California community choice aggregation (CCA) MCE has completed its first local, renewable energy project in Napa County. Along with developer Renewable Properties, MCE held a ribbon cutting for the 3-MW American Canyon Solar Project this month.
“This is an ideal location for a solar project and a great use for this parcel, providing clean, reliable, locally-generated renewable energy,” said Supervisor Belia Ramos, District 5. “We are grateful to the leaders and community members in American Canyon and throughout Napa County for supporting clean energy in our community. Our participation in MCE service reduces our electricity-related carbon footprint, while helping MCE to lead the way in meeting California’s ambitious renewable standards years early.”
This is the 12th local, small-scale renewable energy project MCE has completed in its four-county service area — and MCE’s first Feed-In Tariff (FIT) project in Napa County. The FIT program allows small-scale renewable energy projects to become long-term suppliers to MCE. MCE has approximately 31 MW of local renewable projects in its service area, with ~25 MW operational and ~6 MW in the pipeline.
“American Canyon Solar is a great example of MCE’s mission in action: Helping accelerate clean energy deployment, sourcing renewable energy projects as close to our customers as possible, and also providing local workforce opportunities,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “We’re grateful to Renewable Properties for investing in clean, renewable solar and providing local, green-collar job opportunities.”
Located on approximately 21 acres of land, the American Canyon Solar Project uses single-axis trackers. MCE and Renewable Properties have agreed to a 20-year power purchase agreement.
“Renewable Properties is pleased to partner with MCE to supply affordable, local, in-service area solar energy to its customers through the American Canyon Solar Project,” said Aaron Halimi, President of Renewable Properties. “American Canyon Solar represents one of the largest solar projects in Napa County and we’re thankful that the County and MCE chose to be part of the solution.”
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