CIM Group brings live 1st portion of 250-MW solar park in California

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October 1 (Renewables Now) - CIM Group has launched commercial operations of the a 125-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant that will form part of the 2.7-GW Westlands Solar Park (WSP) in California, the US real estate and infrastructure owner CIM Group said on Thursday.

The 125-MW installation is the initial phase of the 250-MW Aquamarine solar project, which is in turn the first phase of the huge WSP complex. Aquamarine’s first part is already supplying power to electric utility Valley Clean Energy Alliance, which has contracted 50 MW of the output, while Silicon Valley Power, the electric municipal utility of the City of Santa Clara, is buying renewable energy credits (REC) from 75 MW of the plant’s capacity.

The second 125-MW Aquamarine portion is on track to be up and running by end-2021.

Planned to encompass a total area of 20,000 acres (8,094 ha) across San Joaquin Valley’s Fresno and Kings Counties, WSP will be capable of generating electricity for more than 1.2 million homes. CIP Group said it is currently negotiating additional PPAs with potential off-takers for Aquamarine’s second phase and future stages of WSP.

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