Canadian Solar Sells Gaskell West Projects in California to Matrix Renewables

Matrix Renewables is the TPG Rise-backed global energy platform that specializes in renewable energy. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy LLC, Matrix has acquired the Gaskell West 2/3 projects of 105 MWh AC solar plus 80 MWh power storage from Canadian Solar Inc.

The Kern County project is fully contracted and holds five long-term power purchase contracts with utilities and cities in California. The solar plus storage project will be commercially operational in late 2022. This hybrid project marks Recurrent’s first transaction with Matrix Renewables. 

“Through this project, we are continuing to grow our presence in the U.S., drawing from Matrix Renewables’ ambitions to become a major renewables platform across the U.S., Europe and Latin America,” says Cindy Tindell, managing director and head of U.S. for Matrix Renewables. “We are pleased to partner with Canadian Solar and Recurrent on a project that will leverage our combined expertise to provide clean, affordable power to the state of California.”

Canadian Solar’s majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar will support the project by providing the turnkey battery storage solution for the 80 MWh storage part of the project. The integrated technology solution includes supply, installation, and commissioning of a lithium iron-phosphate-based battery storage system. CSI Solar will provide support for the battery storage system, including capacity and performance guarantees. This will ensure system output and safety as well as reliability.

“Co-locating energy storage with solar is critical to providing affordable, dispatchable and clean renewable electricity, especially during peak demand hours in the evening, thereby meaningfully increasing the value of our projects for our customers and partners,” states Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar.

“The execution of this project demonstrates Canadian Solar’s growing expertise in battery storage, both in its development as well as delivering the integrated technology solution,” continues Dr. Qu. “This is yet another battery storage project that our project development and system solutions teams are delivering in California, following the Mustang, Slate and Crimson battery storage projects. We are pleased to partner with Matrix Renewables in this project and look forward to further contributing to California’s efforts to decarbonize its economy, while creating long-lasting benefits to the local community.”