California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice) announced three new power purchase agreements (PPA) for wind energy from Avangrid Renewables’ Mountain View III Wind Farm in Palm Springs, California. CalChoice will buy the entire output of the 22.44-MW wind farm starting in 2021 on behalf of three of its members: Apple Valley Choice Energy (AVCE), the Rancho Mirage Energy Authority (RMEA), and Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE).
The PPAs will enable these three locally operated electric service providers to offer their customers clean, renewable generation in one of the most wind-rich areas of California. The project location is well-suited to CalChoice’s membership, as it sits adjacent to RMEA’s service territory and relatively close to the LCE and AVCE customer bases.
“CalChoice is excited to partner with Avangrid Renewables in purchasing locally produced wind energy,” noted CalChoice Executive Director Jason Caudle. “We are committed to pursuing clean, locally situated energy supply options for our members, and the Mountain View III Wind Farm was a perfect fit in this regard. We look forward to working with Avangrid Renewables during the upcoming 10-year delivery period.”
The Mountain View III Wind Farm output will allow these CalChoice members to continue offering voluntary service options that provide customers with the opportunity to purchase up to 100% renewables from local and regional generating resources, and will facilitate compliance with California’s renewable energy policy.
“Helping communities in Southern California deliver locally generated clean energy is an inspiring market development that CalChoice has helped enable,” said Diana Scholtes, VP of Renewable Origination and Strategies for Avangrid Renewables. “Our diverse asset fleet, paired with Community Choice Aggregation programs, permits us to offer flexible, customer-driven products to cities and counties seeking competitive, clean energy solutions.”