Intersect’s 679 MW solar and storage project starts operation
USA, Oakland: Intersect Power, LLC has announced the commercial operation of its Oberon Solar + Storage project, located in Riverside County, California.
The project generates 679 MWp/500 MWac of reliable solar energy, enough to power over 207,000 homes a year, and features 250 MW/1 GWh of co-located storage. It was built with First Solar modules from Ohio, NX Horizon smart solar trackers from Nextracker, and American-made structural steel and more than 930 skilled union jobs were created at peak construction. The co-located 1 GWh of storage was built with batteries from Tesla’s battery facility in Lathrop, California.
“The project is much more than a new source of clean power for California. It is also a case study in how the clean energy industry can maximize project benefits by prioritizing domestic supply chains and union labor to ensure the rewards of the clean energy transition are felt by all Americans,” said Intersect Power CEO, Sheldon Kimber.
The project is the first to achieve operation through the streamlined approach under the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which designated over 10 million acres of conservation and recreation lands in the southern California desert while centering renewable energy development in designated Development Focus Areas.
“The completion of the Oberon Solar Project underscores the Bureau of Land Management’s commitment to responsible energy development in pursuit of a carbon free power sector,” said BLM California State Director, Karen Mouritsen.
Energy, Renewable Energy Credits and Resource Adequacy generated by the project will be purchased by a combination of offtakers including Calpine Energy Solutions, Constellation, Ava Community Energy, Microsoft, and San Diego Community Power. Intersect secured funding for the project’s construction as part of the broader portfolio financing announced last September.