First Solar, MCE sign solar power purchase agreement

First Solar and MCE announced that MCE has entered into a power purchase agreement for electricity generated from 40 MW of First Solar’s Little Bear Solar Project in Fresno County, California.

The solar power project, designed to be built out eventually to 160 MW, is anticipated to begin construction in 2019, with commissioning expected in 2020.

A community choice aggregator in California, MCE offers their customers the benefits of locally controlled, competitively priced renewable energy options. The Little Bear PPA is First Solar’s first with a CCA.

“MCE is at the forefront of community-based power, a trend that is growing not only in California but across the United States,” said Brian Kunz, First Solar’s Vice President of Project Development. “We are excited to partner with an early leader in this important energy segment, and we look forward to expanding the relationship as MCE’s customer base grows.”

“MCE is dedicated to getting more renewable energy on the grid in California, and providing climate-friendly energy choices for customers,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “By empowering communities and customers with green energy choices like Light Green 50 percent renewable and Deep Green 100 percent renewable, MCE is able to stimulate build-out of California solar projects, providing a competitive new marketplace for enterprising energy suppliers like First Solar.”

In the agreement, MCE will initially purchase electricity from Little Bear’s 40 MW first phase, with an option to expand up to the project’s full 160 MW as their load increases through potential expansion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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