Silver Ridge Power, LLC and 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC today announced the signing of two 20-year power purchase agreements to sell 406 megawatts-ac of clean, renewable solar energy from Mount Signal Solar Farm II (154 MW-ac; 200MW-dc) and Mount Signal Solar Farm V (252 MW-ac, 328MW-dc) utility-scale solar projects in Imperial County, California, to Southern California Edison (SCE). Both projects are wholly-owned subsidiaries of California-based 8minutenergy Renewables.
8minutenergy’s joint development partner, Silver Ridge Power has the exclusive rights to acquire the two projects. Silver Ridge Power is owned 50 percent by SunEdison, Inc. and 50 percent by Riverstone Holdings, LLC. 8minutenergy and Silver Ridge Power successfully co-developed the 200 MW-ac Mount Signal Solar I project in Imperial County (also known as Imperial Valley Solar 1), which commenced full operations earlier this year.
“Silver Ridge Power is very pleased to have achieved this significant milestone in partnership with 8minutenergy advancing the development of the joint portfolio of solar projects in Imperial County, California,” said Stephen Westwell, President of Silver Ridge Power.
“We are very proud that we have now signed 950 MWs of PPAs, which underline our position as the nation’s leading independent PV developer as well as the fact that the Mount Signal Solar Farm II and Mount Signal Solar Farm V projects will create more than 1,500 jobs for the people of Imperial County during construction,” said Martin Hermann, chief executive officer of 8minutenergy Renewables.
Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy Renewables added: “We look forward to completing these solar plants and to delivering clean, renewable power to Southern California Edison. We are very pleased that our solar projects have the support from leading environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, the Audubon Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and look forward to the next stage in their development.”The two utility-scale solar generation facilities are sited on approximately 3,200 acres of low-productivity farmland.