sPower breaks ground on 22.5-MW Sierra Solar project in southern California

sPower on May 26 announced that it has broken ground on the 22.5-MW Sierra Solar project in Lancaster, Calif., which is sPower’s first project in Los Angeles County.

”sPower is pleased to help Los Angeles County meet its goal to become a leader in renewable energy in a cost-effective and environmentally-responsible manner,” said Ryan Creamer, sPower’s CEO. “The Sierra Solar approval process required significant time and effort from everyone involved. We appreciate LA County’s collaboration and expect to build on this first success going forward.”

The EPC contract was awarded to Rosendin Electric, which will install more than 250,000 First Solar photovoltaic modules in a fixed ground mount array. The project is expected to begin commercial operation in September 2015. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California Edison (SCE).

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, sPower owns and/or operates more than 150 utility and commercial distributed electrical generation systems across the United States and the United Kingdom. With greater than a gigawatt between construction and pipeline, sPower is actively buying renewable assets in any stage of development in North America and the UK. sPower is a portfolio company of Fir Tree Partners, a leading global investment fund.

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