Feb 27,
2024

Pasadena Continues to Achieve Clean Energy Goals with Solar Power Contract

Solar Panels in the desert

As part of Pasadena’s commitment to clean energy, the City is expanding its energy portfolio with more solar power. The City Council has approved 105 megawatts (MW) of solar power and 55 MW of battery storage from Bonanza Solar, LLC, a 300 MW solar photovoltaic generating and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), developed by EDF Renewables, located in Clark County, Nevada. The 20-year contract, scheduled to begin delivering energy in 2028, was negotiated by Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) and procured through the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), a joint powers authority helping its participating members (including PWP) reduce their overall costs.

“This solar agreement is an important step forward in meeting our goal to source 100% of Pasadena’s electricity from carbon-free sources by the end of 2030,” said Mayor Victor Gordo. “This contract is especially timely considering Pasadena’s exit from the Intermountain Power Project. The City, Pasadena Water and Power, and the citizens of Pasadena are committed to a clean energy future.”

In 2023, PWP expanded its energy portfolio to include contracts for 25 MW geothermal energy, and one third share of a 117 MW solar energy project. Both acquisitions, which are expected to begin delivering energy in early 2028, were also negotiated through SCPPA and are key to reaching Pasadena’s sustainability goals.