Catalina Solar Project

The Catalina Solar Project is a 143.2 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power station located near Bakersfield, Kern County, California, owned by enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company. It covers an area of 445 hectares (1,100 acres).

Construction began in May, 2012 and was fully completed in August, 2013. It uses thin-film PV panels bought from Solar Frontier (CIGS type) and First Solar (CdTe type).

Phase 1 had a nameplate capacity of 60 MW and was connected to the grid in December, 2012.

enXco has signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for the production from the station.

That clean electricity could offset roughly 74,000 tons of carbon emissions each year.

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