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Electrify America announced that it entered into a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA), with Terra-Gen in order to build a solar photovoltaic, renewable energy generation plant in San Bernardino County. The project will be called Electrify America Solar Glow(tm).
At peak solar power, the new solar project will produce 75 Megawatts per hour or 225,000 megawatt hours annually. The project is expected to generate enough 100% renewable energy to provide enough energy to offset the current energy delivered annually to Electrify America’s customers who charge on its vast network. It is expected to become operational in mid-2023.
Electrify America is the largest North American open network to enter into a VPPA. This means that the arrangement will result in additional, renewable energy generation.
Electrify America will purchase and retire all bundled environmental certificates that are associated with the new solar projects over a period of 15 years. This is a shift away from the business as usual approach of purchasing environmental certificates from a third party supplier on an unbundled basis. This does less to support renewable energy generation.
Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO of Electrify America, stated that “Electrify America’s business model – as well as its purpose – has always been at forefront of efforts to decrease emissions through enabling electric transportation.” “Our commitments to customers and sustainable future go hand in hand, which is why we invest in renewable energy generation to ensure a net zero carbon footprint for the energy we deliver to our customers.”
Terra-Gen may expand Electrify America’s first solar project in Southern California Mojave Desert to include a colocated battery storage system. This will allow for increased renewable energy delivery to the grid when peaking power plants are less cost-effective and polluting. The possibility of a colocated battery storage system at the facility could be an addition to Electrify America’s ongoing effort to deploy over 30 MW in co-located behind the-meter energy storage systems across charging stations throughout the U.S. Electrify America’s ongoing investment in electricity generation is already reducing carbon emissions and the potential for greenhouse gasses associated with its charging network.
Electrify America Solar Glow(tm) 1 – Project Specifics
Location: San Bernardino County, CA
Maximum Capacity: 75MW
225,000 MWh Annual Production
Target Operation Date – Summer 2023
The new solar facility won’t be available until mid-2023. However, Electrify America’s charging system is supported by 100% renewable energy as of April 2022. This was achieved through the purchase environmental certificates from renewable generation.
Electrify America and Terra-Gen have entered into an interim VPPA with Terra-Gen, effective October 20,22. This will continue Terra-Gen’s existing Solar Energy Generating Systems IX solar thermal plant, until the new, adjacent solar photovoltaic installation in San Bernardino County becomes fully operational.
Electrify America will be eligible to receive the bundled environment certificates and purchase renewable electricity from SEGS IX. This was once the largest solar thermal energy generating plant in the world, completed in 1990. It is also the longest-running solar thermal facility.
“Electrify America is proud that it supports SEGS,” said Jigar Shah (Head of Energy Services at Electrify America). These 100% renewable energy commitments reduce Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions and all energy delivered to customers. They are equivalent to nearly 40 million trees being planted to sequester carbon.