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Fresno County To Get Two New Solar Projects Tied To University of California

May 29,2015-

Fresno County is processing two new solar farm projects that will deliver renewable power to the University of California system next year.

Last fall Frontier Renewables LLC, a San Mateo, California-based utility scale project developer, announced the signing of two 25-year power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) with the University of California to provide its campuses and medical centers with a total of 80 megawatts of clean, renewable solar photovoltaic energy.

The contracts, representing the largest solar energy purchase by a U.S. higher education institution, are between The Regents of the University of California and Five Points Solar Park, LLC and Giffen Solar Park, LLC, two subsidiaries of Frontier Renewables. The projects are 60 megawatts and 20 megawatts in size and are both located in Fresno County, California.

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This month the county began the processing of the environmental documents for the Five Points project. 

Construction for the Five Points and Giffen projects is expected to begin in late 2015 and early 2016, respectively, and the plants will begin generating clean power by the end of 2016. The two projects combined will produce approximately 206,000 megawatt-hours per year, enough to power the equivalent of 30,000 homes and avoid more than 88,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. The projects are projected to create 237 jobs during their construction and operational phases.

The two agreements are major components of the University of California’s sustainability initiative. Announced by UC President Janet Napolitano in November 2013, the initiative’s goal is to make UC the first research university to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, in part by re-examining the energy sources powering UC’s 10 campuses and five medical centers.

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