Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Jake Richardson0
First Phase Of 800-MW Solar Project Begins
“We are thrilled to see the initial phase of this eventual 800-megawatt solar project, and the first of our many solar (photovoltaic) projects under development, begin construction,” said 8minutenergy Renewables CEO Martin Hermann after completion of this mega project (or simply the first mega phase of this mega project).
The first phase referenced by Mr Hermann is a 266-megawatt solar farm sited on low-productivity farmland. Mount Signal Solar is the name of the project and it will provide electricity to an estimated 65,000 households. The anticipated completion date is early in 2014. A purchase-power agreement with San Diego Gas and Electric has already been signed.
In April, the Imperial Valley project was reported as being 600 MW, but that appears to be inaccurate. The latter two solar farms were estimated in a press release to have the capacity to power 140,000 homes, when there is enough sunlight.
8minuteenergy has 2,000 MW of solar projects in development in California.
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