EDF Energies Nouvelles starts 143MW Catalina solar PV plant in US

2 September 2013 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2013 18:30)

EDF Energies Nouvelles, a US subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has commissioned the 143MWp Catalina solar PV plant in California.

EDF Energies Nouvelles, a US subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has commissioned the 143MWp Catalina solar PV plant in California.

With this power plant, EDF Energies Nouvelles has now developed and built more than 1GWp in gross solar capacity around the world.

The solar plant, which is located in the Mojave Desert, California, is spread across 360 hectares south-west of the Tehachapi and Piute mountains.

The Catalina solar project consists of more than 1.1 million alternating-current (AC) thin-film solar panels.

"With this power plant, EDF Energies Nouvelles has now developed and built more than 1GWp in gross solar capacity around the world."

Under construction since May 2012, the power plant has been gradually commissioned since December 2012.

San Diego Gas & Electric will purchase the power generated by the Catalina solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

EDF Renewable Services, a subsidiary of EDF Renewable Energy, provides operations and maintenance services.

Bechtel, which was awarded the EPC contract of the Catalina Solar Project, was also responsible for building the transmission line.

In January 2013, GE Energy Financial Services, along with MetLife, Union Bank and Citi, acquired a majority stake in the project.

EDF Energies Nouvelles CEO Antoine Cahuzac said the project, built in an ideal environment for solar energy generation, represents another milestone in the company's international expansion into very sunny areas where generation conditions and consumption coincide.

"The commissioning of this flagship project in a short space of time bears testimony to the expertise and commitment of our teams," Cahuzac said.

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