Gestamp Solar and 8minutenergy Renewables announce they will build a 50 MW solar farm in Imperial County, California. They will sell the energy generated by the project to PG&E to power nearly 23,000 households in California
Large solar installations are not a thing of the past in California. We recently reported that Duke Energy is bringing more big solar to California. Now there’s more coming for local utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
Gestamp Solar and 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC today announced the’ve signed a 20-year contract to sell 50 MW-ac (66.5 MW-dc) of solar energy from their Midway Solar Farm project in Imperial County, California, to PG&E. The transaction was conducted with 83WI 8ME, LLC, a subsidiary of California-based 8minutenergy Renewables, an independent solar PV developer, and Gestamp Solar, which has developed power plants with a total capacity of over 500 MW. The two companies have a joint agreement to develop and build the Midway Solar Farm project.
The Midway Solar Farm project is a utility-scale solar generation facility sited on 486 acres of low-productivity farmland. Construction is projected to begin in 2015, with the site expected to be operational and delivering renewable energy to third parties in 2016, and to PG&E in 2020. This clean solar generation plant will displace the equivalent of approximately 141,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the amount that roughly 5.9 million trees would displace annually.
California has remained a leader in solar jobs, and this new installation will bring more. That’s especially welcome in Imperial County, which is experiencing one of the highest rates of unemployment in the state — and even in the country.
“The Midway Solar Farm will create approximately 120 direct and 150 indirect jobs during construction, and contribute to the local economy in Imperial County,” said Martin Hermann, chief executive officer of 8minutenergy Renewables. “We are proud to help California meet its clean energy goals, while also bringing jobs to areas that badly need them.”
“This PPA for the Midway Solar Farm represents a true milestone for all parties involved,” said Jorge Barredo, CEO of Gestamp Solar. “It is testament to the close collaboration between Gestamp Solar and 8minutenergy, and to the hard work of our team.”
“The annual production of approximately 125 million kilowatt hours (kWhs) of electricity by Midway Solar Farm will generate renewable solar energy that will power nearly 23,000 households in California,” said Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy Renewables. “Strong support from state, county and local officials has been instrumental to the progress of this project. Along with our partner Gestamp Solar, we look forward to continuing to develop the Midway Solar Farm.”
The solar power system for the Midway Solar Farm will use state-of-the-art solar PV modules and other components, including an advanced tracking system that follows the sun to maximize energy production. The PPA contract is pending approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.