NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Luminace, the North American decarbonization-as-a-service business of Brookfield Renewable, and the County of San Diego, announced the completion of a 6.7-megawatt portfolio of distributed generation solar projects that are now supplying clean, renewable energy to municipal facilities. The solar projects, developed and owned by Luminace, are helping to advance the county’s sustainable energy goals while reinforcing Luminace’s position as a leading sponsor of renewable energy infrastructure for the public sector market in California and across the U.S.
“These solar projects demonstrate Luminace’s exceptional turnkey decarbonization solutions, providing accessible, reliable, and renewable energy, with no upfront costs to the customer,” said Valerie Hannah, CEO of Luminace. “Luminace is pleased to build on its history of serving public sector institutions like the County of San Diego, drawing from our deep developmental and operational capabilities and our strong balance sheet.”
Under a 25-year power purchase agreement with Luminace, six municipal facilities are sourcing a projected 10.3 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually from Luminace’s best-in-class, on-site solar projects, meeting about half of the aggregate electricity consumption for the combined sites. The projects provide enough clean energy to avoid the release of approximately 4,900 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equal to removing more than 1,000 passenger vehicles from the road annually.*
Luminace’s solar projects required no upfront capital from the County of San Diego. The projects supply power to the East Mesa Detention Center, North County Regional Center, Rancho San Diego Sheriff Substation, Borrego Springs Library, Edgemoor Hospital, and Rancho San Diego Library.
“Our partnership with Luminace has been instrumental to our efforts to cut our carbon footprint while being vigilant stewards of the taxpayers’ interests,” said County of San Diego Sustainability Chief Charley Marchesano.
For many years, the County of San Diego has been a regional leader in sustainability. Current efforts include building new facilities to be zero net energy, retro-commissioning existing buildings, continually increasing its 12.86-megawatt inventory of onsite renewables, electrifying its vehicle fleet, and converting its grid electricity to 100 percent renewable sources by 2030. To date, these efforts have resulted in a 43 percent reduction in operational greenhouse gas emissions since 2010.
Luminace has established itself as a leading owner, operator and developer of renewable energy infrastructure for the public sector, including educational, municipal, public agency, and healthcare customers. The commissioning of the projects for the County of San Diego boosts Luminace’s portfolio of distributed generation solar facilities in Southern California to nearly 140 megawatts across more than 350 sites.
Luminace is a leading fully integrated decarbonization-as-a-service provider in North America, sponsoring accessible, reliable, and renewable energy infrastructure to empower the zero-emissions future. Luminace has an operational and development portfolio of more than 3,500 megawatts of distributed energy resources, serving hundreds of customers in the educational, commercial, industrial, utility, and municipal sectors across the U.S. and Canada. Luminace offers a full suite of decarbonization solutions including solar, energy storage and energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits as well as grid-resiliency options, all at no upfront cost.
Luminace is a Brookfield Renewable company. Brookfield Renewable operates one of the world’s largest publicly traded, pure-play renewable power platforms.
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The County of San Diego is committed to a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely, Creating Thriving and Sustainable Environments, and Practicing Operational Excellence. With a budget of $6.5M, ~20,000 FTE employees, and a facility portfolio of over 12 million square feet, the County of San Diego provides services to 3.3 million people in a geographic area of 4,200 square miles. The County is committed to implementing actions that reduce utility usage and costs, reduce our contribution of harmful carbon emissions into the atmosphere, and beneficially minimize our impact on the environment.
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* Avoided emissions calculations are based on International Energy Agency estimates.