Mustang Two Whirlaway, a 100-megawatt solar project in Kings County, officially started operating and will generate clean and affordable power exclusively for Peninsula Clean Energy customers.
Mustang Two Whirlaway will generate enough solar to power nearly 58,000 homes through 2035.
“This is yet more new steel in the ground that will help our customers and the broader community take another important step toward all-renewable power and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It showcases again how renewable power projects can provide substantial jobs and other economic benefits across our state.”Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper.
The 100-MW Mustang Two Whirlaway project was developed by Idemitsu Renewables in Lemoore, California.
The project employed 560 peak workers onsite, including half from Kings County, and nearly 223,000 working hours. The construction of the Mustang project is governed by a five-party Project Labor Agreement involving the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Ironworkers, Carpenters, Laborers, and Operating Engineers.
The related economic development in the county also included about $2.8 million in materials, services, local licensing and permitting fees, of which nearly $1 million benefited Kings County directly.
“We are proud to collaborate with Peninsula Clean Energy and expand our portfolio of California projects with leading Community Choice Aggregators. We are excited to leverage our solar development expertise, execution, and financial strengths to provide affordable power and help meet the state’s aggressive clean energy goals, while investing in local communities.”Cary Vandenberg, managing director of Idemitsu Renewables.
To date, Peninsula Clean Energy has contracted for 500 MW of renewable energy resources. In addition to Mustang Two Whirlaway, that includes the 200 MW Wright Solar Project, which is the largest renewable energy installation built for a Community Choice Aggregator that is currently operational. Wright Solar came online in January.