DWR’s role in the Project is to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with
the Project developer, Pastoria Solar Energy Company, LLC, to purchase 100 megawatts (MW) of capacity and associated energy from the Project for the period of 20 years with the option for ownership interest in the Project and its components. The proposed PPA would fulfill part of DWR’s commitments to renewable energy procurement under Senate Bill 100 and in DWR’s Climate Action Plan Phase 1:
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan, Update 2020. The final scale of the Project would involve construction and operation of a solar photovoltaic power-generating facility that would produce a total of 115 MW of electricity with up to 80 MW of energy storage on approximately 650 acres of privately owned land in Kern County. The Project’s permanent facilities would include service roads, overhead
and underground transmission lines, a step-up conversion station, project substations, energy storage facilities, perimeter security fencing, and electric generation tie lines. Kern County, as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), certified an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approved the Project in June 2020.