The 143.2 MWp Catalina Solar Project, subject to California Public Utilities Commission approval, will be built on 1,100 acres of land in two phases with the first 60 MWp to be online by the end of 2012 and the remaining to be operational by mid-2013.
Catalina Solar represents EDF Renewable Energy's largest utility-scale solar project to be developed in the U.S. The project builds upon both the company's extensive experience in Kern County as well our long-term relationship with SDG&E.
The proximity to other EDF Renewable Energy/SDG&E projects and the load base, along with near-term constructability makes Catalina Solar a perfect solution to help the utility meet its renewable energy goals.
Catalina Solar will bring the total MW's under long-term agreements with SDG&E 310 MW, joining Oasis Wind (60 MW producing since 2004) and Pacific Wind (140 MW in development) both in Kern County.
Catalina Solar, will produce enough clean energy to power about 35,000 homes and will offset about 74,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, helping to improve overall air quality in California in line with the California's environmental mandates.