EDF Renewables North America a 20-year electricity purchase agreement has been signed with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for the energy and renewable properties associated with the 117 MW AC / 148 MW DC Sapphire Solar project.
Sapphire Solar will begin supplying electricity to participating SCPPA members in Anaheim, Pasadena and Vernon by 12/31/2026. In addition to solar generation, SCPPA reserves the option for a 59 MW alternating current, four-hour battery energy storage system.
Sapphire Solar expects to create approximately 250 jobs during the construction phase and more than $253 million in tax revenue over the life of the taxing units. Sapphire Solar produces clean energy and minimizes the impact on wildlife, habitat and other environmental resources.
“This project will help our participating SCPPA members meet and exceed renewable energy and resource sufficiency requirements while minimizing costs and maintaining reliability,” said Michael Webster, SCPPA Executive Director.
In addition to the economic benefit to Riverside County, the project is expected to generate 375,800 MWh of energy annually, enough to power more than 58,000 homes. This corresponds to avoiding more than 266,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which corresponds to the greenhouse gas emissions of more than 57,000 passenger cars driven during the year.