EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco, has completed the construction and started operation of two Kern County, Calif. renewable energy projects. The 140 MW Pacific Wind and 143 MWp Catalina Solar projects were developed and contracted independently; however, their close geographic proximity to one another enabled the projects to share certain infrastructure and evolve into one of the largest wind/solar hybrid projects in the U.S.
Pacific Wind began operation in August 2012 and the first phase of Catalina Solar will begin operation in December 2012. The electricity from both projects is sold San Diego Gas & Electric Co.’s (SDG&E) generation portfolio under two separate power purchase agreements. These new projects bring the total renewable megawatts under long-term agreements with SDG&E to 343 MW, all of which are generated in Kern County.
Pacific Wind consists of REpower MM92 turbines. Catalina Solar, representing EDF Renewable Energy’s largest utility-scale project to be developed in the U.S., is comprised of 82 MWp Solar Frontier and 60 MWp First Solar PV modules.
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