30 Sep '13, 1pm

Ho-hum. Another day, another 143 megawatt solar farm. There's a new energy equation in America

the 143 MW Catalina Solar project located in Kern County, Calif. EDF says the plant is its largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic project to date. Catalina's electricity is being provided to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) under a 25-year power purchase agreement. Located on 900 acres of private land southwest of the Tehachapi and Piute mountains, the thin-film PV project incorporates 82 MW of Solar Frontier and 61 MW of First Solar modules, with a total of over 1.1 million solar panels. The plant was designed and built by Bechtel. EDF Renewable Services is providing the long-term operations and maintenance services for the project. "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," says Matt Burkhart, vice president of electric and fuel procurement a...

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