City of Santa Clara logoOn Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, a new utility-scale solar project began delivering clean, renewable energy to the City of Santa Clara. Silicon Valley Power (SVP) announced this week that the Central 40 solar project being constructed in Merced County, California was completed and is now commercially operating.

The City of Santa Clara contracted with Idemitsu Renewables through a 20-year power purchase agreement in 2017 to build a 40 megawatt (MW) solar power facility. This new solar project is expected to generate an average of 91,920 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy annually, which is enough to power the equivalent of 16,300 average Santa Clara homes.

“Silicon Valley Power has made strategic long-term investments in clean energy and continues to add diverse energy resources to our power portfolio” said Manuel Pineda, Assistant City Manager and Chief Electric Utility Officer. “This project aligns with our mission and the City’s sustainability goals to further enhances our ability to deliver clean energy at an affordable rate.”

Since 2018, SVP has committed to delivering 100% clean, carbon-free electricity to residents. Currently, SVP has over 60 MW solar projects, delivering 147,500 MWh of renewable energy annually, which could power more than half of the homes in Santa Clara.

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