Catalina Solar, representing EDF Renewable Energy's largest utility-scale photovoltaic project and the world's 8th largest photovoltaic plant.
SAN DIEGO--EDF Renewable Energy today announced that the 143 MWp (110 MWac) Catalina Solar Project, located in California's Mojave Desert, has reached commercial operation.
Catalina Solar, representing EDF Renewable Energy's largest utility-scale photovoltaic project and the world's 8th largest photovoltaic plant*, is comprised of 82 MWp Solar Frontier and 61 MWp First Solar PV modules and is expected to generate electricity for 35,000 homes. EDF Renewable Services will provide operations and maintenance services.
Located on 900 acres of privately owned land southwest of the Tehachapi and Piute mountains, the thin film photovoltaic panel project commenced construction in May 2012, and began ramping up operation in December 2012. The project's clean energy is provided to San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement. EDF Renewable Energy now has 343 megawatts of renewable energy generation through three projects to meet its contract obligations to SDG&E, all of which are sited in Kern County.
"Achieving commercial operation of this flagship solar project is a key milestone for our organization, and a testament to the commitment and capability of the entire EDF Renewable Energy team," stated Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. "Projects like Catalina Solar underscore the meaningful role that stable policy at the national and state levels - specifically the Federal Investment Tax Credit and the California Renewable Portfolio Standard - can play in enhancing our nation's long-term energy security."
"EDF Renewable Energy has been a great partner, working hard to get both the Catalina Solar and the Pacific Wind projects operational," said Matt Burkhart, SDG&E Vice President of Electric and Fuel Procurement. "Our commitment to helping get viable renewable resources developed has produced great results with projects like these that are contributing to meeting California's aggressive renewable goals."
Mark Tholke, Vice President West Region, added, "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 delighted with completion of this most recent example of EDF RE and SDG&E's long-term partnership to provide steel-in-the-ground toward California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020."
EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in California and the nation. Catalina Solar represents EDF Renewable Energy's 22nd renewable energy project in California generating a combined 730 MW of clean energy for the state. Total gross installed capacity in the United States is 1,962 megawatts.
*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 over 3.5 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