$40 million solar and battery project planned at Sonoma baylands hunting club

North Bay Business Journal

Sonoma Clean Power this month inked a power purchase agreement with San Diego-based Luminia to build a 11.6-megawatt photovoltaic system with 32 megawatt-hours of lithium-ion battery backup on 75 acres of Wing & Barrel Ranch at 6600 Noble Road. It would connect to the grid via a nearby substation.

The project is envisioned to go online in the second half of next year, according to the Thursday announcement. Proponents have yet to submit a formal application but have been in talks with Permit Sonoma officials about what would be required, including a zoning change and environmental review, according to Bradley Dunn, policy manager for the department.

The goal of utility-scale battery energy storage systems, or BESS, is to capture excess solar power during peak daylight hours then discharge it to the grid in the high-demand evening hours. BESSes are typically sized to discharge over four or eight hours, so the 32 megawatt-hours could supply up to 8,000 homes for four hours, based on U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates of residential consumption in the West.

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