The 143.2 MWp Catalina Solar Project represents EDF Renewable Energy’s largest utility scale project developed in the US and the world’s 8th largest photovoltaic plant. The project was built on 900 acres of land southwest of the Tehachapi and Piute mountains. The project was completed in two phases, with the first 60 MWp completed in December 2012 and the second phase of 83 MWp completed in August 2013. SDG&E will purchase the clean power generated under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
The proximity to other EDF Renewable Energy/SDG&E projects and the load base makes Catalina Solar a perfect solution to help the utility meet its renewable energy goals. Catalina joins the 60 MW Oasis Wind Project and the 140 MW Pacific Wind Project as the companies third project developed in Kern County and contracted to SDG&E.
Catalina Solar consists of over 1.1 million solar PV panels and is esti-mated 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 wor-kers on-site during construction.
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