Sacramento utility signs PPA for 200 MW Solar & 400MWh Battery Storage project in northern California

March 11, 2022
The Coyote Creek Agrivoltaic Ranch Project will be located on approximately 2,250 acres in the Cosumnes community. The site will include solar panels, battery storage, inverters, substation tie-in and backup generators

Sacramento Municipal Utility District will be the taker of 200 MW/400 MWh in combined solar and battery energy storage generated when the work is completed on the massive project in northern California.

SMUD signed the power purchase agreement (PPA) with project developer and owner D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI). The site, due to completed in east Sacramento County sometime in 2024, is SMUD’s first such deal and considered the biggest large facility in that region under PPA contract, according to the release.

As part of the agreement, DESRI will fund the SMUD Clean Energy Community Leaders-Mark Gall Memorial Scholarship which is designed to cultivate local workforce talent in the renewable energy industry.

“Partnerships are a key component to SMUD reaching our 2030 zero carbon goals,” Frankie McDermott, SMUD’s COO, said. “We are committed to using every tool in the toolbox, and innovative projects like this that combine solar and battery storage will enable us to provide the region with clean and reliable power as we transition away from natural gas resources.”

The Coyote Creek Agrivoltaic Ranch Project will be located on approximately 2,250 acres in the Cosumnes community. The site will include solar panels, battery storage, inverters, substation tie-in and diesel, propane or battery powered backup generators, according to documents.

The construction phase will employ close to 400 people, according to reports. The agricultural ranch currently operate on the proposed project site will continue to run in parallel to the energy facility.

Affiliates of Bona Terra Energy LLC are working as co-developers on the project.

The state of California has targeted a goal of about 25 GW (or 25,000 MW) in renewable and energy storage capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 56 percent (below 1990 levels) by 2030.