The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s clean energy program CleanPowerSF signed a new energy storage contract with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to support grid reliability for the program’s 385,000 residential and commercial customers. The battery project, located in Riverside County, is expected to be fully operational in time for wildfire season.
“As California continues to experience the effects of climate change, enhancing grid reliability and investing further in our clean energy future is a top priority,” SFPUC General Manager Dennis Herrera said. “This is an important step to ensure we continue providing clean, safe, and affordable electricity to our customers when they need it, including after the sun has gone down. This project also improves electric grid reliability not just for our customers, but for the State of California as well.”
The new solar + storage contract is an amendment of a previously executed PPA with a subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources for the Blythe IV solar project in 2019. Under the revised agreement, the project in Blythe, California, will add batteries to the operating 62-MW solar photovoltaic power plant. The contract, including the new battery component, is for $220 million over 20 years. Nearly 150 jobs were created during the initial construction phase of the Blythe IV solar project.
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