Large-Scale Solar Project in Southern California Operational

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A new large-scale solar plant in Southern California is fully operational, independent power producer Tenaska said Tuesday.  

About eight miles west of El Centro, California, the 150-MW Teneska Imperial West solar project can generate enough electricity to power 55,000 homes, the company said. The power is being sold to San Diego Gas & Electric under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Construction of the project, which began in November 2014, was managed by First Solar Inc. The Imperial County project features 1.8 million photovoltaic panels from First Solar, the plant’s long-term operator.

It is Tenaska’s second large-scale solar project. In 2013, the company completed the 130-MW Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South in California’s Imperial Valley.

Both solar projects are connected to Sunrise Powerlink, a 117-mile transmission line built to carry renewable power supplies from the Imperial Valley to San Diego.  

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