ENERGY STORAGE

Primergy Solar signs ‘long-term’ PPA with SDCP for 1.6GWh US battery

March 22, 2024

Utility-scale solar and energy storage project developer Primergy Solar has signed a “long-term” power purchase agreement (PPA) for the full capacity of its 400 MWac and 1.6 GWh battery energy storage Purple Sage Energy Center with San Diego Community Power (SDCP).

SDCP, California’s second largest community choice aggregator (CCA) serving nearly 1 million customers, will receive green energy from the project’s scheduled delivery start in 2027.

Purple Sage Energy Center is in Nevada, between Las Vegas and the California border, in one of the country’s optimal solar power locations due to its proximity to grid demand and abundance of sun.

Once completed, Purple Sage Energy Center is expected to generate over 1.2 million MWh of carbon-free solar energy annually, enough to power more than 100,000 homes per year. Over the project’s lifetime, the project is expected to create approximately $90 million in additional local tax payments. These payments will directly benefit local schools and provide Clark County with substantial resources that may be directed toward public safety, road upgrades, and infrastructure improvements, a statement said.

Primergy CEO, Ty Daul, said: “Signing a PPA with SDCP marks a significant milestone in the development of Purple Sage Energy Center. Pairing solar with sizable battery energy storage systems is vital for grid stability and creating a reliable, dispatchable energy resource. We are proud of the lasting partnerships we have made through this project and look forward to delivering carbon-free energy to the power grid.”

Karin Burns, CEO of SDCP, added: “The Purple Sage Energy Center directly supports San Diego Community Power’s mission to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy to our customers. This agreement with Primergy reinforces our commitments to meet our ambitious renewable goals, while investing in a project that balances environmental and community benefits in support of the clean energy transition.”