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The City of Palo Alto, Calif. - which owns all its own utilities - has entered into three power purchase agreements (PPAs) that, together, will result in the acquisition of up to 182,500 MWh of solar power annually.

According to the City, the three PPAs are the equivalent of roughly 18% of its electric needs and will help the Palo Alto meet its goal of 100% carbon-neutral electricity purchases. The delivery of the power from the new solar facilities is scheduled to start by January 2017, and the contracts last for 30 years. Palo Alto will pay ~$69/MWh for the new solar capacity, with no upfront costs.

The contracts are with Elevation Solar C LLC, Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch B LLC and Frontier Solar LLC.

“Palo Alto has bought the entire output from these three new projects, which are being built right here in our home state. People can go gaze upon the fields of solar panels and know that’s exactly where their electric power is coming from! I find that pretty cool,” comments Jane Ratchye, director of the City Utilities Resource Management division.



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