PCE is a community choice energy (CCE) program. CCE is an alternative program in which local communities aggregate the buying power of individual customers within a defined jurisdiction in order to secure alternative energy supply contracts. CEE selects the power generation source on behalf of the consumers so they are able to create large contracts with generators, a process that cannot be conducted by individual buyers.
The facility, known as Wright Solar Park, will be able to provide power to more than 100,000 houses annually. PCE has signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the project will be located in California. “This is a huge step for Peninsula Clean Energy and our customers. The Wright Solar project moves us toward our goal of providing all customers with 100% renewable power by 2025. This long-term contract locks in the price we pay for electricity, which helps ensure that our rates will remain low. The size of the project is unique for a CCA and positions PCE as a leader in the industry,” said CEO Jan Pepper.
The constructor of the project, Swinterton Renewable Energy, will hire local population creating about 400 new jobs. Operation and construction management is conducted by Clēnera LCC under Centaurus Renewable Energy that owns the whole project.
Dave Pine, founding PCE Board Chair and President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, states that PCE aims to grow the supply of renewable energy sources: “With the Wright Solar project, we are helping to fight climate change by adding 200 megawatts of new solar power. We’re also proud that the construction of this project will create approximately 400 union jobs in Merced County.”
George Hershman, President of Swinerton Renewable Energy adds: "An investment in solar energy provides value to American consumers and their communities on a local state and national level. Our team is proud to partner with Peninsula Clean Energy and Clēnera to bring affordable, clean power and hundreds of local jobs to California’s Central Valley."