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Solar Farm Set to Rise Near Joshua Tree

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy struck a deal with Marin Clean Energy to sell electricity from its 150-megawat Desert Harvest solar project. The agreement paves the way for EDF to begin construction on 1,200 acres of federal land south of Joshua Tree National Park.

Construction is slated to begin by mid-2018, allowing EDF to begin sending electricity to its Bay Area client in late 2020. Marin Clean Energy is requesting up to 490,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, or roughly enough for 73,000 homes.

The new facility will be built next to the existing Desert Sunlight solar farm, and continues to expand Riverside County’s position as a clean energy leader.

The deal also reflects a growing trend toward community choice aggregation. It is a model where local governments scrap their utilities in favor of buying electricity directly from power plants, which may be significantly greener.

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