NTR’s Solar Division Announces California Solar Project Update

NTR plc, an international solar energy and sustainable waste management developer, announced that its Phoenix, Arizona based solar division, Stirling Energy Systems (SES), has reached “data adequate” status in its application process for certification on what could be one of the world’s largest solar facilities, by the Californian Energy Commission (CEC).

Data adequacy is a key step in the CEC permitting process and triggers the CEC’s timeline to complete processing of the 750-megawatt (MW) project, providing a significant boost to the project’s delivery targets. It is anticipated that the CEC process and related government approvals will require 12-16 months, allowing construction to proceed in late 2009.

SES has signed a Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for the output of the project, which will be constructed in two primary phases. The first will include 12,000 SunCatcher dishes generating 300 MW. The second phase will generate 450 MW using 18,000 solar dishes. The project is part of efforts being made by SDG&E and California achieve their renewable energy goals.