Construction crews are working to erect a $4.3 billion greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-control tower at a California research facility that will generate enough electricity to power almost a million homes and offices for more than a decade.
The $4 billion facility in San Luis Obispo County is one of many in the United States where construction is being accelerated to meet the Paris climate accord and address a growing demand for renewable energy, including natural gas.
But while the facility will generate electricity for about 40 percent of the state’s electricity needs by 2030, only about 6 percent of electricity needs are met through the CCS project, according to a joint press release by the state Department of Water Resources and California Energy Commission.
The remaining 80 percent is met with solar, wind and other clean sources of energy, according the statement.
The state is partnering with the California Renewable Energy Association (CARIA) and other organizations to raise money for the project.
In 2015, California signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to help finance the project, which has been under construction since the early 1990s.
The agreement has been in place since 2016.
The facility will be constructed using $6.3 million of the $12.2 billion of state bonds, the agency said in the release.
Construction crews will begin constructing the CVS building, a two-story building in the former CVS pharmacy in the San Fernando Valley, on Tuesday, June 26, 2021, in Los Angeles.
The building will house the COVID-19-control and air quality monitoring facilities, along with a gas-burning heat pump.
It is the latest phase in California’s plan to meet emissions reductions by the end of the century.
The state is also pursuing a phase-out of coal and natural gas in 2030, and has set up a state Climate Action Office to coordinate its efforts.
The project will be built to replace a coal-fired power plant at the CSC Research Campus in Pico Rivera, Calif., which is slated to shut down in 2020.