Apple is constructing energy storage projects — like the future site at California Flats (pictured) — which retain generated clean energy from intermittent sources, including wind and solar. (Photo via Apple)

PARKFIELD — Construction is underway on a new energy storage facility in Parkfield, the second phase in the California Flats solar farm project.

The two primary purchase agreements are between Apple and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez said the first phase was the creation of a solar field array, and the current second phase is the storage facility for captured energy.

“Construction on this facility has already begun, and is estimated to create about 100 jobs during the construction phase,” Lopez said. “There are tax benefits from projects like these to the people of Monterey County, while the majority of the power generated flows onto the state’s grid through the Central Valley, we know that the grid is largely interconnected and Monterey County is doing its part.”

Lopez explained the Parkfield site for energy storage was chosen due to its proximity to the solar array as well as being near the pathway of energy transmission lines with upcoming additional capacity.

“I’m very excited to have this project here in Monterey County,” he said. “While 2020 may have slowed progress for a bit, nothing can stop the forward movement of an incredible region like ours. This project is one more signal that we are a great place to do business and create partnerships.”

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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