Canadian Solar sells newly-completed project in California to Dominion

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) has completed the sale of the 28.4-MWp West Antelope Solar Park, located in Los Angeles County on the outskirts of Lancaster, California, to Dominion Resources (NYSE: D).

The construction of the West Antelope solar power plant generated over 400 jobs between July and November 2014. Canadian Solar supplied 94,340 high performance CS6X-300/305P Quartech photovoltaic (PV) modules. White Construction was the provider of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction services (EPC).

The culmination of this project represents a two-year development timeline for Canadian Solar, including permitting, entitlement, power execution, and system installation. The 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.

“As the largest project that Canadian Solar has developed, built, and sold in the United States, the West Antelope Solar Park represents an important milestone for the company,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, in a Nov. 24 statement. “This project showcases the capabilities of our global PV project team in project development and execution, and it also demonstrates that large scale solar PV energy systems can be a significant, viable, and sustainable component of California’s energy mix.”

“Dominion is expanding our solar footprint while reducing our carbon emissions intensity,” David A. Christian, chief executive officer of Dominion Generation, said. “We plan to continue pursuing additional solar opportunities.”

With the addition of West Antelope Solar Park, Dominion has 344 MW of solar generating capacity – about 220 MW of which are in California – in development, under construction or in operation across six states. Dominion Virginia Power, a regulated electric utility subsidiary serving Virginia and northeast North Carolina, also has various projects in operation or under development as part of its Solar Partnership Program. The company’s renewable portfolio also includes approximately 850 MW of capacity generated by biomass, water and wind.

Founded in 2001 in Ontario, Canada, Canadian Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and provider of solar energy solutions. It has an industry leading and geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale solar power projects as well as a track record of successful solar deployment boasting over 7 GW of premium quality modules installed in over 70 countries during the past decade.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,600 megawatts of generation, 10,900 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines.

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