First Solar, Inc. and MCE have announced that MCE has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for electricity generated from 40 MW of First Solar's Little Bear Solar Project in Fresno County, CA (US).
The 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 (CCA) 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.
In the agreement, MCE will initially purchase electricity from Little Bear's 40MW first phase, with an option to expand up to the project's full 160MW as their load increases through potential expansion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Brian Kunz, First Solar's Vice President of Project Development, said:
"MCE is at the forefront of community-based power, a trend that is growing not only in California but across the United States. 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."
Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE, stated:
"MCE is dedicated to getting more renewable energy on the grid in California, and providing climate-friendly energy choices for customers. By empowering communities and customers with green energy choices like Light Green 50% renewable and Deep Green 100% renewable, MCE is able to stimulate build-out of California solar projects, providing a competitive new marketplace for enterprising energy suppliers like First Solar."