8minutenergy breaks ground on 105 MW (ac) solar project in California

8minutenergy Renewables LLC on Oct. 29 hosted a groundbreaking event for construction of the 137 MW (dc) (105 MW ac) Springbok 1 Solar Farm, located 70 miles north of Los Angeles in Kern County, Calif.

Springbok 1 Solar Farm has a signed Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), on behalf of its participating member, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The Springbok 1 project is a utility-scale solar facility sited on up to about 700 acres of farmland taken out of production more than 20 years ago. The project is expected to reach commercial operations in June 2016.

“This is an exciting day for everyone involved in the Springbok 1 project, as we move one step closer to providing clean energy to the people of Los Angeles,” said 8minutenergy Chief Executive Officer Martin Hermann. “We began Springbok 1 in 2011, and the solar farm is yet another example of 8minutenergy delivering projects from conception to construction.”

The solar power system for Springbok 1 Solar Farm is comprised of state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic modules, related power electronics and other components including an advanced tracking system that follows the sun to maximize energy production.

“Each step of this process we have enjoyed strong working relationships with SCPPA/LADWP and the Kern County Planning and Development Department, among other local and community organizations,” said 8minutenergy President Tom Buttgenbach. “Add to that the economic impact the project is having in the region, and we believe this project is a model for productive private and public partnership.”

8minutenergy Renewables develops, finances, engineers, constructs, owns, operates and maintains solar projects. It is the largest independent solar developer in the United States. To date, 8minutenergy Renewables has: been awarded over more than 1,400 MW in PPAs; secured more than 1,500 MW in Generation Interconnection Agreements; and has secured over 20,000 acres of land bank. 8minutenergy has offices in Folsom, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Singapore and New Delhi, India.

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