Clean energy firm Intersect Power LLC announced today that it has commissioned a 500-MW solar farm, coupled with a battery energy storage system (BESS), in Riverside County, California.
The 679-MWp power generating facility will produce enough electricity to meet the power demand of more than 207,000 homes annually. The solar plant is backed by a 250-MW/1-GWh co-located storage.
The Oberon Solar + Storage site spans roughly 2,600 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It marks the first project to be completed under BLM’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).
The solar site is equipped with First Solar modules, NX Horizon smart trackers from Nextracker and American-made structural steel. The BESS was built with Tesla batteries.
The project, which was funded via portfolio level term debt, tax equity and construction financing commitments, has already secured a number of offtakers for its power, Renewable Energy Credits and Resource Adequacy. The list of buyers includes Calpine Energy Solutions, Constellation, Ava Community Energy, Microsoft and San Diego Community Power.