Celebrating New Renewables and Innovation
We let you know in December that our two new renewable energy and storage projects came online and began producing enough clean energy to power more than 250,000 San José homes annually.
On February 2, we commemorated the innovative Kern Solar Plus Battery Storage Project with a live virtual press conference. “We have enjoyed working with community choice aggregators like San José Clean Energy whose buying power has really been putting steel in the ground and innovating with us to tackle the state’s climate and reliability challenges," said Simon Day, Vice President and Head of Solar Development at Terra-Gen. “San José certainly is a climate leader, and their commitment has made this innovative project become a reality.”
Then, Deputy Director of Power Resources Jeanne Solé attended the dedication of the Western Spirit Wind, the wind farm that will produce 225 MW of emission-free power for SJCE. The Western Spirit Wind project is the largest single-phase build out of renewable energy in US history. Pattern also developed and constructed a 155-mile transmission line to connect the project to the California electric grid.
These investments will help advance grid reliability by providing renewable energy during more hours of the day. Their cost-effectiveness also supports SJCE’s ability to provide long-term rate stability.
Watch our videos on the 62 MW Kern Solar Plus Battery Storage Project and the 225 MW New Mexico Wind Farm.
You can look forward to more good news from us: two new SJCE projects are scheduled to come online by the end of 2022. By this time next year, more than half our load will be powered by newly constructed renewable energy sources.