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Intersect Power achieves commercial operation on Californian solar-plus-storage project

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Intersect Power, LLC has announced the commercial operation of its Oberon Solar + Storage project, located in Riverside County, California. The Oberon project generates 679 MWp/500 MWac of reliable solar energy, enough to power over 207 000 homes a year, and features 250 MW/1 GWh of co-located storage.

Intersect Power achieves commercial operation on Californian solar-plus-storage project

The Oberon project aligns with the priorities of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) by using American-made equipment and paying prevailing wages. The project was built with First Solar modules from Ohio, NX Horizon smart solar trackers from Nextracker, and American-made structural steel. More than 930 skilled union jobs were created at peak construction with California's LiUNA Local 1184, IBEW Local 440 and others, prioritising local area hire. The co-located 1 GWh of storage was built with batteries from Tesla’s battery facility in Lathrop, California.

“The Oberon project is much more than a new source of clean power for California. It is also a case study in how the clean energy industry can maximise project benefits by prioritising domestic supply chains and union labour to ensure the rewards of the clean energy transition are felt by all Americans,” said Intersect Power CEO, Sheldon Kimber. “This project demonstrates that Intersect continues to pioneer procurement standards for our industry that live up to the vision of the IRA and deliver transformative clean energy projects that move the needle on the deep decarbonisation of our economy.”

The Oberon project is the first to achieve operation through the streamlined approach under the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The landmark plan was the result of six years of collaboration between the federal government, conservation groups, Native American tribes, the renewable energy industry, utilities, and members of the public, and it designated over 10 million acres of conservation and recreation lands in the southern California desert while centring renewable energy development in designated Development Focus Areas.

Energy, Renewable Energy Credits and Resource Adequacy generated by the Oberon project will be purchased by a combination of offtakers including Calpine Energy Solutions, Constellation, Ava Community Energy (formerly East Bay Community Energy), Microsoft, and San Diego Community Power.

Intersect secured funding for the project’s construction as part of the broader portfolio financing announced last September, when the company closed on portfolio level term debt, tax equity, and construction financing commitments from leading financial institutions and investors.



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