Current federal acquisition law limits the authority of the federal government to enter into long‐term clean energy contracts. For example, most federal agencies cannot enter into Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with terms longer than ten years. Unfortunately, this truncated timeline inhibits many solar power projects that could reduce energy costs, meet clean energy requirements, and create jobs. Below are examples of solar projects financed through long‐term clean energy contracts that are reducing federal and state electricity bills.
Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada
In December 2007, SunPower Corporation completed installation of a 14 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project on Nellis Air
Force Base. The 20‐year contract does not require any out‐of‐pocket capital investment from the U.S. Air Force. The project provides 25 percent of the annual electricity needed for base operations and saves the U.S. Air Force over $1 million each year in reduced electricity costs.
Blue Wing Solar Power Plant in San Antonio, Texas
juwi solar developed, constructed and is operating the Blue Wing Solar power plant for CPS Energy, the municipal utility serving San Antonio, Texas. With a 30‐year PPA, the 16‐MW PV project furthers local and regional economic development and offsets about 19,600 tons of greenhouse gas pollution annually.
Lake County Facilities in Lakeport, California
Through a 20‐year PPA, SunPower Corporation contracted with Lake County to install 2,169 kilowatts of PV panels across four sites—three wastewater plants and a correctional facility. The project, completed in December 2008, serves more than 90% of the electricity load across the facilities, and provides up to $5 million of savings for the life of the PPA.
Jacksonville Solar Project in Jacksonville, Florida
In 2010, juwi solar developed and constructed the 15 MW Jacksonville Solar power plant. The plant, which generates renewable energy for the municipal utility JEA via a 25‐year PPA, generates approximately 22,000 megawatt‐hours of emissions‐free electricity per year and offsets about 16,500 tons of greenhouse gas pollution annually.