EDF Renewable Energy Dedicates The Catalina Solar Project
ROSAMOND, CALIF.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
EDF Renewable Energy today dedicated the 143 MWp (110MWac) Catalina Solar project located in Kern County. The project represents EDF Renewable Energy’s largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic project to date.
Catalina Solar near Rosamond, California represents EDF Renewable Energy's largest solar photovoltaic project. (Photo: Business Wire)
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 8th largest photovoltaic plant,* and generates electricity for 35,000 homes. 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 commented, “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 Catalina Solar project has played a vital role for jobs and the economy in my district,” said Senator Jean Fuller. “The project exemplifies the scientific and technological breakthroughs that have come to define California's innovative culture. As a representative of the Rosamond community, I'm proud to support initiatives that lead to economic growth.”
Assemblymember Steve Fox added, "The Catalina Solar Project has provided solutions to unemployment, to our reliance on fossil fuels, and to environmental pollution in one incredible venture. I am so pleased to welcome the Catalina Solar Project to the 36th Assembly District.”
The project’s clean energy is provided to SDG&E under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement. EDF Renewable Energy has 343 megawatts of renewable energy 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.
*reference: Bloomberg New Energy Finance
About EDF Renewable Energy:
EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of 4 gigawatts of developed projects with 1.9 gigawatts of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world. For more information visit: www.edf-re.com
About EDF Renewable Services:
EDF Renewable Services is the leading third-party provider of operations and maintenance services in North America. With 25 years of experience, EDF Renewable Services understands renewable energy facilities represent a substantial investment. The company takes an owner-operator approach to ensure maximum returns on the asset, full project value, and ongoing profitability for new and existing facilities. As part of a global organization with utility-scale wind and solar plants, the company brings depth of experience to every project. With more than 7 gigawatts of wind and solar under contract, EDF Renewable Services is the trusted leader in O&M. For more information visit: www.edf-renewable-services.com
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