The 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 70 MWp to be operational by mid-2013.
“Catalina Solar represents enXco’s largest utility-scale solar project to be developed in the U.S.,” said Tristan Grimbert, president & CEO of enXco. “The project builds upon both the company’s extensive experience in Kern County as well our long-term relationship with SDG&E. We look forward to once again delivering a successful project to SDG&E.”
“The proximity to other enXco/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,” commented Mark Tholke, vice president, southwest region for enXco. “Catalina Solar will bring the total under long-term agreements with SDG&E to 310 megawatts 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,” said Matt Burkhart, SDG&E’s vice president of procurement. “We are pleased to be doing business again with enXco, with whom we already have two power purchase agreements for wind energy.”
enXco – an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company develops, constructs, owns, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States. For more than two decades, we have been a leader in wind-energy focusing on large-scale wind projects. Today enXco’s portfolio includes solar and biomass technologies, in an effort to help drive our nation’s transition to a sustainable energy economy. enXco is a significant owner and developer of wind-energy installations in the United States, and is the leading third-party operations & maintenance provider for wind farms in North America.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.5 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help our customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.