EDF Renewable Energy dedicates Catalina Solar project

EDF Renewable Energy on Sept. 27 dedicated the 143 MWp (110 MW ac) Catalina Solar LLC project located in Kern County, Calif., which is the company’s largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic project to date.

Located on 900 acres of privately-owned land southwest of the Tehachapi and Piute mountains, the thin film photovoltaic project is comprised of 82 MWp Solar Frontier and 61 MWp First Solar PV modules. The project is currently the world’s eighth largest photovoltaic plant, the company noted. EDF Renewable Services is providing the long-term operations and maintenance services for the project.

Javier De La Garza, Director of Solar Development for EDF Renewable Energy’s West Region, said: “Catalina Solar consists of over 1.1 million solar PV panels and is estimated to offset 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The project has been an important source of direct and indirect economic activity in Kern County, including over 500 workers on-site during construction. We are proud to officially dedicate this most recent example of EDF Renewable Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) long-term partnership in the Kern County communities; to provide steel-in-the-ground toward California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020.”

The project’s clean energy is provided to SDG&E under a 25-year power purchase agreement. EDF Renewable Energy has 343 MW of renewable generation through three projects to meet its contract obligations to SDG&E, all of which are located in Kern County.

“SDG&E has been committed from the start to helping get viable, economic renewable resources developed, and today we again stand with our partner, EDF Renewable Energy, to celebrate another step toward reaching our aggressive goal,” said Matt Burkhart, Vice President of Electric and Fuel Procurement for SDG&E. “Catalina Solar is an example of a renewable energy project that has overcome a number of regulatory and commercial challenges in its endeavor to reach the finish line. We applaud EDF Renewable Energy for their efforts, and success.”

EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in California and the nation. With Catalina Solar, EDF Renewable Energy is generating a combined 835 MW of clean energy for California.

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