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Niland, California, USA

Sunpeak Solar Park

Status: Completed construction

Pre-Project Conditions

The limited affordable financing mechanisms for funding clean energy projects reduce the options that utilities have in regards to developing clean energy projects for their renewable energy portfolio requirements. Additionally, renewable energy projects create an opportunity to generate electricity without the same atmospheric emissions generated by fossil fuel fired plants or the use of scarce water resources for electricity production.

Project Objective

Reduce demands for traditional fossil-fuel based energy production through the installation of a solar photovoltaic energy generation facility, contributing to the displacement of harmful emission.

Project Scope

Construction and operation of a 23 MWAC fixed-tilt, polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic solar park, with its entire generation capacity interconnected to an existing substation (IID property), located adjacent to the solar park site. The electricity generated is being purchased by Imperial Irrigation District (IID), pursuant to 30 year long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

Project Financing

Total Project Cost Reserved
NADB Funding US 86.3M - NADB Loan

Project Photos

Results Measurement

Results are measured upon completion of the project through a closeout process that assesses project performance within 6-12 months after completion, as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives established at the time of project certification and financing approval.

Outcomes

Reduce demands on traditional fossil-fuel based energy generation

Displace harmful emissions (Annual metric tons )

Improved financial self-sustainability

Indicators

Actual

Energy Capacity produced

23 MWAC

Generation First Year

54.39 GWh

CO2 Emissions avoided

16,175

SO2 Emissions avoided

2

NOx Emissions avoided

22

Debt Service Coverage Ratio

1.4

Outputs

 

PV Modules with fixed tilt racking

100,002

Inverters

46

SCADA system

1

Significant project contributions

The Project represents a 1.25% of the expected 26.2% of retails sales from renewables of the IID RPS.This is the first BECC/NADB certification of a private solar energy project, and has been a reference in many ways. BECC has worked to improve the methodology used for emissions calculation