Peninsula Clean Energy Starts Construction of 200-Megawatt Solar Facility

LOS BANOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#GreenJobs–California’s largest solar installation built exclusively for a
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency broke ground today in
California’s Central Valley. Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), the
electricity provider for 290,000 San Mateo County customers, expects the
200-megawatt utility-scale Wright Solar project to come online in late

“This is a huge step for Peninsula Clean Energy and our customers,” said
CEO Jan Pepper. “The Wright Solar project moves us toward our goal of
providing all customers with 100% renewable power by 2025. This
long-term contract locks in the price we pay for electricity, which
helps ensure that our rates will remain low. The size of the project is
unique for a CCA and positions PCE as a leader in the industry.”

Peninsula Clean Energy has an exclusive 25-year power purchase agreement
with Wright Solar Park LLC to buy the solar facility’s electricity. The
project is owned by Centaurus Renewable Energy and the construction and
operations are managed by Clēnera, LLC. The solar facility is being
constructed by Swinerton Renewable Energy with union labor hired from
the surrounding areas. The facility will produce enough electricity to
power more than 100,000 San Mateo County homes a year.

“One of our primary objectives for PCE is to grow the supply of new
renewable energy sources,” said Dave Pine, founding PCE Board Chair and
President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. “With the Wright
Solar project, we are helping to fight climate change by adding 200
megawatts of new solar power. We’re also proud that the construction of
this project will create approximately 400 union jobs in Merced County.”

“This project will help the County achieve multiple goals,” stated Lloyd
Pareira, Vice-Chairman of the Merced County Board of Supervisors. “From
new construction jobs being created to millions of dollars in new tax
revenues being realized, we are pleased this investment is being made in
our county.”

“An investment in solar energy provides value to American consumers and
their communities on a local, state, and national level,” said George
Hershman, President of Swinerton Renewable Energy. “Our team is proud to
partner with Peninsula Clean Energy and Clēnera to bring affordable,
clean power and hundreds of local jobs to California’s Central Valley.”

Peninsula Clean Energy was the fifth Community Choice Aggregation entity
formed in California. PCE launched its service in October 2016 and
provides electricity to all of San Mateo County. PCE estimates its lower
rates save San Mateo County customers approximately $17 million a year.


About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity
provider. PCE (
is a public local community choice energy program that provides all
electric customers in San Mateo County with cleaner electricity at lower
rates than those charged by the local incumbent utility. PCE is
projected to save customers more than $17 million a year. PCE, formed in
March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San
Mateo and all 20 cities and towns in the County. PCE serves
approximately 290,000 accounts.

About Clenera, LLC

Clenera, LLC (“Clēnera”) based in Boise, Idaho, is an end-to-end
utility-scale solar development and asset management service provider
focused exclusively on utility-scale solar projects in the continental
United States. Clēnera relies on its experienced executive team and
professional staff to identify the best projects and manage each project
from pre-construction development and design through construction and
commercial operation. Clēnera utilizes an efficient finance,
development, construction and operations platform to consistently
deliver low cost and reliable clean energy from the projects it manages.
By the end of 2018, Clēnera is on-target to have constructed over 900 MWDC
of utility-scale solar. For more information on Clēnera, visit

About Swinerton Renewable Energy

Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) offers engineering, procurement,
construction, and SOLV® services for solar photovoltaic plants
throughout North America to a diverse range of clients. Over 130 years
of building landmark projects, Swinerton has forged a reputation for
unsurpassed safety, workmanship, on-time delivery, and customer
satisfaction. Today, our team takes pride in building cost-effective
solar systems that will generate reliable, clean power for many years to
come. SRE has delivered over 3.5 GW of solar projects and our SOLV team
manages over 4.5 GW of PV plants. Learn more about Swinerton Renewable
Energy at


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Andrews-Schwind, 650-260-0096

Tom Mertens, 408-234-6881

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