Clean energy firm Intersect Power LLC has successfully commissioned a 500-MW solar farm paired with a battery energy storage system (BESS) in Riverside County, California, bolstering the region's renewable energy capacity. The expansive 679-MWp power generating facility is poised to meet the annual electricity demand of over 207,000 homes.
Situated on approximately 2,600 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Oberon Solar + Storage site represents a significant achievement as the inaugural project completed under BLM's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).
Key features of the solar site include First Solar modules, Nextracker's NX Horizon smart trackers, and American-made structural steel. The co-located BESS, constructed with Tesla batteries, enhances the project's overall efficiency and grid reliability.
Financed through a combination of portfolio level term debt, tax equity, and construction financing commitments, the project has already secured various offtakers for its power, Renewable Energy Credits, and Resource Adequacy. Notable buyers include Calpine Energy Solutions, Constellation, Ava Community Energy, Microsoft, and San Diego Community Power.
The Oberon Solar + Storage initiative underscores Intersect Power's commitment to advancing clean energy solutions and aligns with the broader goals of promoting sustainable practices within the energy sector.