By Editors of Power Engineering
Canadian Solar announced its subsidiary Recurrent Energy has achieved commercial operations for two solar projects in Kern County, California.
The two are the 100-MW Astoria and the 75-MW Astoria 2, which were built adjacent to each other.
"With the help of our trusted partners, the Astoria projects will power more than 40,000 homes with clean energy," said Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar. "These projects, which began operating in late 2016, are part of Recurrent Energy's milestone 1.2 GW 2016 project portfolio."
Electricity from Astoria One will be sold to Pacific Gas and Electric Company under a long-term power purchase agreement, while Astoria Two’s power will be sold to four member cities of Southern California Public Power Authority, the Power and Water Resources Pooling Company and the cities of Corona, Lodi, Moreno Valley and Rancho Cucamonga.
GE Energy Financial Services provided a tax equity investment for the projects.