Clean Power Alliance (CPA) signed a power purchase agreement for a new utility-scale wind turbine project. The project was approved by CPA’s Board of Directors at their October 3rd board meeting. The project contracts 300 megawatts from the White Hills Wind project in Arizona, with an expected output of 830,000 MWh/year. It is located near Hoover Dam and will be owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The project, which comes on-line in December 2020 with a 20-year term contract, will count as a PCC-1 renewable resource.
The project will enable CPA to lower costs, including reducing the premium between its 100% Green and 50% Clean and 36% Lean Power rates to incentivize more customers to increase their renewable energy rate tiers. It will also allow CPA to comply with state renewable energy mandates in a cost effective and expeditious manner given its 2020 online date. Building the project will require approximately 300 construction workers, delivering on CPA’s mission to invest in a green energy workforce. The developer has also committed to contributing $1 million towards local workforce development initiatives in Clean Power Alliance’s service territory over four years. The project has completed the NEPA permitting process and construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020.
The White Hills Wind project complements CPA’s several other recently signed long-term contracts for solar, wind, and hydroelectric projects. CPA will also be launching its 2019 Clean Energy RFO in Fall, which will have tracks for utility-scale projects as well as smaller distributed energy projects, the latter of which would be located exclusively in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.