sPower, the largest private owner in the United States of utility-scale solar operating assets, announced that its Antelope DSR 1 and 2 facilities achieved commercial operations before the end of 2016 and are now providing 68.8MWdc (55MWac) solar power to Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). Participating member agencies using the renewable energy from the newly commissioned sites are the cities of Azusa, Colton, Riverside and Vernon.
The sPower Antelope DSR 1 and 2 facilities were constructed on roughly 440 acres in Lancaster, Calif. sPower employed a peak construction crew size of 500 workers who installed more than 200,000 solar panels mounted on a tracker system that follows the sun to maximize energy output.
“SCPPA continues to seek long-term supplies of cost-effective renewable energy resources like the power we’re receiving from sPower’s solar farms,” said Ted Beatty, SCPPA interim executive director. “These facilities help SCPPA’s members provide safe, reliable and low cost electricity to the more than two million customers they serve.”
The facilities will cumulatively generate enough renewable energy for nearly 10,000 homes and are expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from 260 million miles driven by an average car. ¹
sPower now has a total of four solar farms that generate 121MW of renewable energy specifically for SCPPA and its members.
“sPower is excited to build upon our relationship with SCPPA, who has been instrumental in shaping southern California’s power markets,” said Hans Isern, sPower SVP of utility power marketing. “We appreciate the opportunity to support SCPPA and its member agencies in achieving their renewable goals by delivering clean energy at the lowest possible cost.”About sPower: sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States. sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1.5 GW and has a development pipeline of more than 10 GW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers.
About SCPPA: The Southern California Public Power Authority is a joint powers authority consisting of 11 municipal utilities and one irrigation district. SCPPA members deliver electricity to approximately two million customers across 7,000 square miles, with a total population of 4.8 million. Members include the municipal utilities of the cities of Anaheim, Azusa, Banning, Burbank, Cerritos, Colton, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Riverside, Vernon and the Imperial Irrigation District. SCPPA was formed in 1980 to finance the acquisition of generation and transmission resources for its members. Currently, SCPPA has four generation projects and three transmission projects, bringing power from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. www.scppa.org
¹ U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, based on 156,680,000 kWh annual system production