IID moves forward with solar program negotiations

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. - The Imperial Irrigation District received the green light to continue a proposal that will enable the IID to offer solar energy to low-income customers.


News 11 has more on what this program will bring.


“At this point in time we are looking to negotiate a purchase power agreement to purchase solar power that would benefit this program,” said Robert Schettler, Communications Specialist with Imperial Irrigation District.


The program would serve low-income qualified electric customers, which is about 15,000 in Imperial County.


“Because they don't have access to funds, they don't have access to solar energy. And we live in the renewable energy capital of the world right here in Imperial Valley and we’d like to see our residents take part in that,” explained Schettler.


On Tuesday, the Imperial County Board of Directors approved for staff to enter into negotiations with Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit energy company.


The agreement would be a 23-year power purchase for 30 megawatts of solar energy with an estimated cost of $36 million.

“What happened yesterday is a revised program, something that we need to narrow down and be able to focus on what we can do,” said Schettler.

If all goes as planned, the community solar project program can be up and be running by October 2018.


“Currently the section of land that is being talked about is next to one of our substations in Niland, but again it’s still preliminary at this point of what will actually end up happening,” added Schettler.

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