Mustang Two Whirlaway, a 100-megawatt solar project in Kings County, officially started operating Wednesday and will generate clean and affordable power exclusively for Peninsula Clean Energy customers.
Mustang Two Whirlaway will generate enough solar to power nearly 58,000 homes through 2035.
“This is yet more new steel in the ground that will help our customers and the broader community take another important step toward all-renewable power and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “It showcases again how renewable power projects can provide substantial jobs and other economic benefits across our state.”
The 100-MW Mustang Two Whirlaway project was developed by Idemitsu Renewables in Lemoore, CA. The project employed 560 peak workers onsite, including half from Kings County, and nearly 223,000 working hours. The construction of the Mustang project is governed by a five-party Project Labor Agreement involving the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Ironworkers, Carpenters, Laborers, and Operating Engineers. The related economic development in the county also included about $2.8 million in materials, services, local licensing and permitting fees, of which nearly $1 million benefited Kings County directly.
“We are proud to collaborate with Peninsula Clean Energy and expand our portfolio of California projects with leading Community Choice Aggregators,” said Cary Vandenberg, Managing Director of Idemitsu Renewables. “We are excited to leverage our solar development expertise, execution, and financial strengths to provide affordable power and help meet the state’s aggressive clean energy goals, while investing in local communities.”
To date, Peninsula Clean Energy has contracted for 500 MW of renewable energy resources. In addition to Mustang Two Whirlaway, that includes the 200 MW Wright Solar Project, which is the largest renewable energy installation built for a Community Choice Aggregator that is currently operational. Wright Solar came online in January.
About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency and the official electricity provider for San Mateo County. Founded in 2016 with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the county, the agency serves 295,000 customers by providing more than 3,500 gigawatt hours annually of electricity that is 95% carbon-free and at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in our communities to expand access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy is on track to deliver electricity that is 100% carbon-free by 2021 and 100% renewable on a 24/7 basis by 2025. The agency has earned investment grade credit ratings from Moody’s and Fitch.
About Idemitsu Renewables (formerly Solar Frontier Americas)
Idemitsu Renewables, the U.S. based renewable energy subsidiary of Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd., is a leading solar and energy storage developer and independent power producer. The company acquires, develops, owns, and operates utility-scale solar power generation plants and sells clean energy to help communities both economically and ecologically. With offices in California and Nevada, Idemitsu Renewables continues to develop its growing pipeline of energy projects.
Learn more at https://idemitsurenewables.com