Renewable Properties to add 19 MW of community solar to MCE portfolio

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Byron Highway Solar Project.

Small utility and community solar project developer and investor Renewable Properties adds two new projects to its growing portfolio with California’s first Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), MCE.

The two new renewable property projects are the first major solar projects in the Byron region, located in Contra Costa County, California. The 5 MW Byron Highway Solar Project, which completed construction in August 2022, will generate enough energy to power 2,069 California homes annually. The 1 MW Byron Hot Springs Solar Project will be completed in 2023 and will generate enough energy to power 384 homes annually.

MCE’s innovative Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program has made these projects possible by offering an incentive payment structure for renewable energy projects built in service areas. MCE’s FIT program has helped build local renewable energy projects that provide competitive wages and environmental benefits for local employment through pollinator-friendly ground cover. Laborers’ Local 324, Operating Engineers Local 3, Piledrivers Local 34, Teamsters Local 315, and IBEW Local 302 & Local 595 provided local labor for the Byron Project.

Aaron Halimi, Founder and CEO of Renewable Properties, said: “The expansion of our portfolio of six MCE projects reflects MCE’s support for building clean energy communities and expanding solar development in Northern California through MCE’s innovative FIT program. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and advancing California’s clean energy goals.”

The Byron project was first permitted under Contra Costa County’s newly adopted Solar Energy Ordinance. The ordinance includes restrictions to limit environmental impacts on sensitive habitats and agricultural lands. Both projects participate in the Habitat Conservation Plan of the East Contra Costa Habitat Conservancy. Byron Hot Springs re-seeds disturbed areas with a native pollinator seed mix approved by the Nature Reserve.

MCE CEO Dawn Weisz said: “Renewable Her Properties is a key partner in this regard, supporting local jobs and generating ecological benefits by adding pollinator-friendly Grand Her cover to solar projects. .”

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