Green Street Power Partners (GSPP), an operator of solar energy systems, has completed its 26 MW DC Westlands Almond solar project in Kings County, California.
“The Westlands Solar Park will contain 2,700 MWs once fully built out,” said Jason Kuflik, Chief Executive Officer at GSPP.
The solar project is expected to generate approximately 57 million kWh in its first year of production and more than 1.8 billion kWh over a 35-year period – enough energy to power about 5,200 homes in California each year. The project has brought the total operational portfolio of GSPP to 206 MW DC.
The 1.2 million+ metric tons of CO2 to be removed by this project over its life is equivalent to removing over 8,000 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from the road each year.
The project was developed by Golden State Clean Energy, and Baker Electric provided engineering, procurement, and construction services. While agrovoltaics will be deployed at the site, GSPP will use sheep grazing for vegetation management in future seasons.
Under an agreement, the Westlands Almond solar photovoltaic system will sell the renewable energy to Calpine Energy Solutions. The electricity will be delivered to the California Independent System Operator, and Renewable Energy Credits will be sold to an end user, Amy’s Kitchen.
Live Oak Bank provided permanent debt funding for the project, while Nelnet Renewable Energy provided both sponsor equity and tax equity funding.