The Clean Power Alliance board of directors at its Oct. 1 meeting signed power contracts that will bring additional solar and new battery storage to the community choice aggregator's long-term renewables portfolio.

The new contract and an amendment to an existing one will provide CPA with 123 MW of renewable-energy capacity and 193.5 MW of battery storage.

It signed a 15-year power-purchase agreement with Clearway Energy Group for 123 MW of solar and 61.5 MW/246 MWh of battery storage from the Daggett solar project in San Bernardino County. The project is expected to come on line in March 2023.

The board signed a second 15-year contract for an additional 132 MW/528 MWh of solar and storage from the 233-MW Arlington solar project in Riverside County, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. Through merging the contracts, CPA was able to secure new battery storage at a lower cost than if it contracted with a stand-alone storage project based on investment tax credit benefits, it said. The expanded storage is expected to be on line in August 2022.

"We are excited that in 2020 alone, we have signed contracts for 686 MW of much needed new battery storage while continuing to expand the supply of renewable energy," Natasha Keefer, director of power planning and procurement for CPA, said in a news release. "Time is of the essence to build our more resilient future and Clean Power Alliance is stepping up with meaningful commitments that will fight climate change."

CPA still has other energy and storage projects from its 2019 request for offers in negotiations. It plans to release its next annual clean-energy solicitation sometime in October.

At the same meeting, it was announced that CPA had fully repaid its $10-million startup loan provided by the County of Los Angeles.

"Clean Power Alliance is thankful to the County of Los Angeles for investing in its vision of regional sustainability by leading the creation of our agency and providing a start-up loan," CPA Chief Financial Officer David McNeill said in a news release. "We are proud to repay the County in full and pleased that Clean Power Alliance is now debt-free and financially self-sustaining from customer revenue."

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