The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is partnering with 8minute Solar Energy LLC to construct the Eland Solar & Storage Center – a 400 MW solar project with the functionality of storing as much as 300MW/1200 MWh of energy.
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the project’s two power buy agreements, clearing the means for growth.
Located 70 miles north of Los Angeles near California City on over 2,000 acres of desert land, Eland shall be inbuilt two phases. The project will begin operations in 2022 and are available to full operational capability in 2023. The project shall be the largest municipal photovoltaic operation in the world.
8minute says will probably be capable of present LADWP with solar energy at lower than $0.02/kWh.
“This is what the future of energy looks like,” says Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, president and CEO of 8minute, “and we’re thrilled to be co-creating that future in collaboration with our fellow innovators at LADWP and the labor neighborhood.
“Together, because of Eland’s superior storage and dispatch capabilities, we’re working to dispel misconceptions about the availability, reliability and long-term viability of clear solar power. Utilizing current transmission infrastructure to an extent by no means earlier than seen for solar power vegetation permits for the fast enlargement of clear energy initiatives whereas saving the ratepayer cash.”
The Eland Solar & Storage Center has been engineered by 8minute to offer absolutely dispatchable power beneath management of the LADWP to fulfill its prospects’ calls for. When the Eland cluster comes on-line in 2023, 8minute shall be the largest supplier of clear energy to Los Angeles.
PHOTO: A rendering of the Eland Solar & Storage Center