EDF’s Catalina Solar project in California goes commercial

EDF Renewable Energy announced Aug. 22 that the 143 MWp (110 MWac) Catalina Solar Project, located in California’s Mojave Desert, has reached commercial operation.

Catalina Solar, representing EDF Renewable Energy’s largest utility-scale photovoltaic project and the world’s eighth largest photovoltaic plant, is comprised of 82 MWp Solar Frontier and 61 MWp First Solar PV modules, the company noted. EDF Renewable Services will provide operations and maintenance services.

Located on 900 acres of privately owned land southwest of the Tehachapi and Piute mountains, the thin film photovoltaic project commenced construction in May 2012, and began ramping up operation in December 2012. The project’s energy is provided to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) under a 25-year power purchase agreement. EDF Renewable Energy said it now has 343 MW of renewable energy generation through three projects to meet its contract obligations to SDG&E, all of which are sited in Kern County, Calif.

“Achieving commercial operation of this flagship solar project is a key milestone for our organization, and a testament to the commitment and capability of the entire EDF Renewable Energy team,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. “Projects like Catalina Solar underscore the meaningful role that stable policy at the national and state levels – specifically the Federal Investment Tax Credit and the California Renewable Portfolio Standard – can play in enhancing our nation’s long-term energy security.”

“EDF Renewable Energy has been a great partner, working hard to get both the Catalina Solar and the Pacific Wind projects operational,” said Matt Burkhart, SDG&E Vice President of Electric and Fuel Procurement.

EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in California and the nation. Catalina Solar represents EDF Renewable Energy’s 22nd renewable energy project in California generating a combined 730 MW of clean energy for the state. Total gross installed capacity in the U.S. is 1,962 MW.

EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of over 3.5 GW of developed projects with 1.9 GW of installed capacity. It is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, which is the renewable energy arm of France’s EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world.

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