Shell Energy Signs PPA For Repowered Palm Springs Wind Farm

Shell Energy North America (US) LP and Coachella Hills Wind LLC recently signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) to procure up to 100 MW of energy from the Coachella Hills Wind project.

Being developed by Terra-Gen LLC, the Coachella Hills Wind project, located in Palm Springs, Calif., represents a repowering of the existing Coachella Flats and Painted Hills wind projects. It is expected to come online by Dec. 1, 2020.

“Terra-Gen is pleased to announce the development of its Coachella Hills Wind project and its continued relationship with Shell Energy,” comments Jim Pagano, CEO of Terra-Gen. “Coachella Hills will provide a positive impact for local businesses and county revenues while helping California meet its carbon-reduction goals.”

“Power purchase agreements like this one provide price certainty for our customers and are consistent with Shell Energy’s efforts to be part of the solution to help our customers lower their carbon footprint as we move together towards a cleaner energy future,” adds Shaji Nair, senior vice president of sales and origination at Shell Energy North America.

Coachella is the second California wind project through which Terra-Gen and Shell Energy have executed a PPA. The first, signed in 2017, was for a 130 MW greenfield wind project known as Voyager II, located in Tehachapi.

Terra-Gen and Shell WindEnergy Inc., part of Shell New Energies, are also joint venture partners providing additional integration capabilities to California onshore wind assets in Palm Springs.

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