On November 17, 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-14-08 requiring that “…[a]ll retail sellers of electricity shall serve 33 percent of their load with renewable energy by 2020.”
In the ongoing effort to codify the ambitious 33 percent by 2020 goal, SBX1-2 was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., in April 2011. In his signing comments, Governor Brown noted that “This bill will bring many important benefits to California, including stimulating investment in green technologies in the state, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, improving local air quality, promoting energy independence, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Supervisor Antonovich has led the effort to promote use of clean energy technology in Los Angeles County. In January 2007, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved his motion to build upon the Countywide Energy and Environmental Policy, by further supporting incentives that promote the use of sustainable building practices by other public entities as well as the private sector that reduce resource consumption, energy consumption, and release of pollutants and wastes, such as through the use of solar energy and water reclamation.
“As energy and construction cost continue to rise, it is apparent that sustainable building practices should be supported and encouraged,” said Supervisor Antonovich. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 65% of all electricity consumption in the U.S., contribute 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and are responsible for 30% of all raw materials used.
Sustainable design is the practice of creating healthier and more resource efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition. Sustainable or green buildings are good public policy and save taxpayer dollars—they are designed to use resources more efficiently. Sustainable buildings significantly reduce energy costs compared to traditional buildings, use materials efficiently to achieve lowest lifetime costs, and are more durable and flexible. In addition, sustainable buildings keep reusable, recyclable, and toxic building materials out of landfills.
BHE Renewables - Rosamond and West Lancaster
Situated in the heart of the renewable energy corridor in California’s Antelope Valley, the collocated 586-megawatt Solar Star projects are among the largest solar photovoltaic projects in the world. The projects span 3,200 acres in Kern and Los Angeles counties and are under long-term power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison.
The projects are owned by BHE Renewables, an industry leader in ownership of renewable energy generation.The Solar Star projects utilize approximately 1.7 million SunPower monocrystalline silicon modules that are mounted on single-axis tracking technology and generate electricity with no emissions or waste.
It is estimated that the Solar Star projects displace 570,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually and have the potential to power approximately 255,000 average California households. BHE Renewables is proud to be a member of the local communities near its projects and is constructing a 10,000 square-foot operations and maintenance building near Rosamond, California.
BHE Renewables is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a global energy provider. Since 2012, BHE Renewables has invested extensively in solar, wind, geothermal and hydro projects. As a long-term owner of assets, the company’s photovoltaic solar projects include the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farms in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.; the 586-megawatt Solar Star projects; and a 49 percent ownership interest in the 290-megawatt Agua Caliente project in Yuma County, Ariz.
To learn more, click on https://www.bherenewables.com/include/pdf/fact_sheet_solar_star.pdf.
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Renewable Power for Southern California by SCE
Wind farms and solar plants typically are located in remote areas, far from where most of us live and work. To deliver wind and solar power to Southern California homes and businesses, our infrastructure must be expanded and upgraded. Our Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is the nation’s largest wind energy delivery infrastructure, and it’s one of many strategic investments we’re making to provide more renewable power.
The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project will deliver electricity from new wind farms in the Tehachapi area to SCE customers and the California transmission grid. Consisting of new and upgraded electric transmission lines and substations between eastern Kern County and San Bernardino County, it plays a vital role in meeting California’s renewable energy goal of 33 percent by the year 2020.
World Wind Solar (WWS)
When 2015 got underway, the renewable energy industry thought the sky was falling. Debating the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline was all the rage. California’s clean energy mandate was just 33 percent, and affordable home batteries were a glint in Elon Musk’s eye. Now, the Antelope Valley can breathe a sigh of relief, buoyed by victories in congress and California. Keystone is dead. California has a 50 percent clean energy mandate, and Tesla has “disrupted” the world of energy storage. Here a rundown of the big stories:
• California raised electricity rates.
• Obama rejects the Keystone pipeline.
• California maintains rooftop solar incentives.
• Tesla announces its incredible battery plan.
• Obama launches his Clean Power Plan.
• California adopts 50% clean energy mandates.
• Solar and wind tax credits are extended.
• The world’s leaders agreed on a climate agreement in Paris. (impacting the AV).
WWS provides service in more than 20 states to a diversified client portfolio of 25 companies, including some of the largest renewable asset owners in the Antelope Valley. WWS provides construction, operations and maintenance services to both wind and solar projects. The company employs a team of skilled personnel and anticipates ongoing growth as demand for renewable energy continues. In the last two years, we significantly expanded the number of employees to 92, adding to the Antelope Valley’s job growth and economy.
WWS is often recognized for its achievements in the industry and the community. Recent awards include the City of Tehachapi Kern Small Energy Business Award, Certificate of Recognition from Kern County Small Business Week, California State Senate 2014 Exceptional Energy Owned Small Business of Kern County, and U.S. House of Representatives 2014 Small Business Luncheon Certificate of Recognition for Energy Owned Business.
Trends in Renewables in the AV
We see a number of trends that will shape the renewable energy industry in the Antelope Valley in the upcoming year. They are:
• A significant increase in the number of commercial and utility scale solar projects.
• Older wind projects will be re-powered with newer, larger wind turbines.
• Municipalities will become the energy off taker of community renewable projects.
• Large corporations and large commercial users of electricity will use renewable sources such as wind and solar to offset their energy use.
• Battery storage will continue to evolve.
World Wind and Solar website: www.worldwindsolar.com