Sonoma, Luminia Sign PPA for Solar+Energy Storage Project in California

Luminia and Sonoma Clean Power have signed a power purchase arrangement (PPA) to develop a 11.6 MW AC solar + 32 MWh battery storage facility in Sonoma, Calif. The project will be constructed on a 75-acre parcel in southern Sonoma County. It will tie into an electrical substation nearby.

“Deploying reliable solar and storage projects with community choice aggregators like Sonoma Clean Power reinforces renewable energy as the new standard in our daily energy lives,” states Dale A. Vander Woude, chief investment officer of Luminia. “We formed an excellent team with Kenwood Investments to provide Sonoma Clean Power with a solution for its resource adequacy demand, which is what brought this important project to fruition in Sonoma County.”

The project’s late-stage development is being managed by Kenwood Investments LLC and Luminia. SCP will distribute 100% renewable electricity generated locally to its EverGreen premium service customers in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Mendocino. The 11.6 MW AC PV system also contains 32 MWh storage for lithium-ion batteries that can distribute stored sun energy across the grid during peak hour.

“Our mission is to make cleaner electricity accessible to our customers by putting the power to procure energy in the hands of local communities,” says Deb Emerson, managing director of procurement for Sonoma Clean Power. “With this solar and storage project we can provide renewable energy on-demand, regardless of the time of day, and promote 100 percent carbon-free energy generated right here in Sonoma County.”

EverGreen uses solar and geothermal power exclusively from Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

“It is an honor to work with Sonoma Clean Power, County stakeholders and Luminia on this important solar project for the Sonoma community,” comments Darius Anderson, managing member of Kenwood Investments.

SCP issued a request for proposals in June 2021 in response to the board’s request to procure more local renewable resources for EverGreen. In November 2021, the companies entered into an exclusive agreement for the project.