Rosamond, Calif., October 29, 2012 — EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco, celebrates the construction and operation of two Kern County projects producing clean energy for Southern California.
The 140 MW Pacific Wind and 143 MW Catalina Solar projects were developed and contracted independently; however, their close geographic proximity to one another enabled the projects to share certain infrastructure and thus 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. Both deliver carbon-free electricity into the grid for the benefit of 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.
As part of EDF Renewable Energy's workforce development and community investment program, the company presented a $30,000 check to Rosamond High School for the purchase and installation of a solar-powered baseball field scoreboard.
This support coupled with last year's $160,000 contribution to the Clean Energy Training Program at Kern Community College District demonstrates the company's long-term commitment to the communities of Kern County.
Consisting of REpower MM92 turbines, Pacific Wind generates electricity to supply about 56,000 homes with renewable energy. 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 and is expected to generate electricity for 35,000 homes. EDF Renewable Services, formerly enXco Service Corp., will provide operations and maintenance services for both projects.
Pacific Wind and Catalina Solar represent EDF Renewable Energy's 20th and 21st owned renewable energy projects in California generating a combined 771 MW of clean energy for the state. Total gross installed capacity in the U.S. is 1,563 MW.