Controversial San Diego-area solar project approved by county but residents say fight not over
The San Diego Union-Tribune – August 18
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a major use permit for the construction of a controversial solar energy project next to the desert town of Jacumba Hot Springs on Wednesday after the developer agreed to spend $4 million in community benefits and expand the project’s buffer zones. But a business owner in the far East County village and one of the leaders opposed to the project said he will pursue the county’s decision in court. The JVR Energy Park will be developed by BayWa r.e. and is expected to generate around 283,000 MWh of power — enough for about 60,000 homes. It would also include a 70-MW energy storage facility.
Facebook building solar-powered data center in Arizona
Renewable Energy World – August 16
Facebook will build its newest data center in Mesa, Arizona – powered by 100% renewable energy. The social media giant announced a collaborative effort with the City of Mesa, Arizona Commerce Authority, and the Salt River Project to bring three new solar projects, totaling 450 MW, to the local grid in support of the facility.
Endurant enters high-tech AG sector with $30M microgrid
Microgrid Knowledge – August 16
Endurant Energy has entered the controlled environment agriculture sector with a roughly $30 million microgrid project for Bluehouse Greenhouse, a company building a high-tech 62-acre greenhouse in Southern California. Endurant (formerly GI Energy) will own, operate, and maintain the 13.2-MW microgrid using an energy-as-a-service model. The systems will produce electricity, hot water, chilled water, and recover carbon dioxide. The hot water can be used directly in the greenhouse or stored in thermal energy storage systems.
Central Coast secures new geothermal power source
Monterey Herald – August 12
The Central Coast is getting a boost in its renewable energy portfolio with the construction of a geothermal plant in Mammoth Lakes that will be able to power thousands of homes. Monterey-based Central Coast Community Energy and its partner Silicon Valley Clean Energy are contracted to purchase 14 MW of power, enough to provide electricity to roughly 10,000 homes. The geothermal plant can produce a total of 30 MW, with the other half going to the city of Colton in Southern California.