New Purchase Brings Duke Energy’s Solar Portfolio to 130 MW in California

A Duke Energy company said March 23 that it has purchased the development rights to the proposed 20-MW (AC) Longboat solar project in California from EDF Renewable Energy.

Duke Energy Renewables said that the project will be built in San Bernardino County near the city of Barstow. With this addition, Duke Energy Renewables has seven solar power projects in California totaling more than 130 MW, enough to power about 40,000 average homes.

The energy generated from Longboat and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) will be sold to Edison International subsidiary Southern California Edison (SCE) through a 20-year agreement.

Last summer the California utility filed paperwork with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to change the Point of Interconnection for Longboat.

Gehrlicher Solar America will oversee the construction of the project, which is expected to be in service by year-end 2016. Jinko is providing 84,000 single-axis tracking and polycrystalline modules.

In addition to Longboat, here’s a look at other solar projects that Duke Energy Renewables has in California with project name, location, size and customer:

  • The Sunset Reservoir project in San Francisco, 5 MW, will sell to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission;
  • The Highlander project in Twentynine Palms, 21 MW, will sell to SCE;
  • The Pumpjack project in Kern County, 20 MW, will sell to SCE;
  • The Wildwood project in Kern County, 20 MW, will sell to SCE;
  • The Seville 1 project in Imperial County, 20 MW, will sell to Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) utility San Diego Gas & Electric;
  • Seville 2 in Imperial County, 30 MW, will sell to the Imperial Irrigation District.

Lead image: Solar panels in California. Credit: Shutterstock.

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