Duke Energy Renewables (NYSE: DUK) has awarded contracts for turnkey engineering, procurement and construction services for two California solar power projects to Swinerton Renewable Energy. The projects, called the Pumpjack and Wildwood solar power projects, are located near Bakersfield and have a combined capacity of 40 MW.
Design and procurement have already started for the two sites, which are expected to begin commercial operation by the end of 2014. The two projects will bring Duke’s total solar capacity in California to 65 MW and its total U.S.-installed solar capacity to 185 MW at 23 utility-scale facilities, the company stated in a release.
Pumpjack and Wildwood will each consist of a standalone 20-MW AC photovoltaic facility and a new 115 kV substation for connection to the grid. The projects will use 171,000 x BYD 305 W polycrystalline modules, 40 x 1 MW NX Advanced Energy inverters and Array Technologies Inc. single-axis trackers.
Duke will sell the power generated at the projects to Southern California Edison under 20-year power purchase agreements that are already in place.