8minutenergy lands California solar project
The Imperial Valley project is slated to produce some 500 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
Folsom, Calif.-based 8minuteenergy Renewables LLC has signed an interconnection agreement with the California Independent System Operator Corp. and San Diego Gas & Electric for a 200-megawatt, utility-scale solar project in California's Imperial Valley.
The agreement details a series of investments that will be made by 8minutenergy to upgrade San Diego Gas & Electric’s power network. Construction on the project, located on 1,422 acres of low-value farmland, is expected to begin in early 2014. The solar farm would then begin delivering power to the utility by December 2014.
The project is expected to create about 450 temporary construction jobs.
The solar project’s annual production capacity of approximately 500 million kilowatt hours of electricity will produce enough energy to serve 72,000 households in the San Diego utility’s service territory.
“Solar projects of this nature will provide Californians with clean, renewable energy,” California ISO President and CEO Steve Berberich said in a news release. “By signing this agreement, we are another step closer to helping California achieve important green energy goals.”
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