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8minutenergy switches on parts of 328-MW California solar project

First Solar-powered PV park in California. Author: U.S. Department of the Interior.

July 11 (Renewables Now) - US solar developer 8minutenergy Renewables LLC today said it has energised phases one and two of the 328-MW direct current (DC) Mount Signal 3 photovoltaic (PV) project in California.

Located in the city of Calexico in the Imperial Valley, the project is part of the 800-MW Mount Signal solar cluster.

Mount Signal 3 was acquired by Capital Dynamics less than a year ago, with 8minutenergy continuing as the developer of the project. The facility is expected to start commercial operation by the end of 2018. It has a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Southern California Edison, signed in 2014.

Mount Signal 3 will feature 2.8 million thin-film solar panels supplied by First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) and solar trackers provided by NEXTracker. Mortenson Construction is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.  

Benoit Allehaut of Capital Dynamics said the project is ahead of schedule and on-budget. Once completed, the 328-MW installation will produce more than 770 million kWh of power per year for nearby counties, enough to power more than 114,000 homes, 8minutenergy estimates.

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