Riverside County Awards Solar Deveopment Contract to Tessera & Optiflex

Tessera Solar has been selected by Riverside County, California to develop solar energy projects on county-owned land at closed landfills and on undeveloped land adjacent to County airports. Optiflex Properties & Development LLC, a real estate and technology development company, is partnering with Tessera Solar to co-develop and co-finance the projects.

The solar projects will utilize the SunCatcher power system manufactured by Tessera Solar’s sister company, Stirling Energy Systems. The selection results from the County’s request for proposal (RFP) issued earlier this spring. 

Tessera said that it could develop as much as 500 megawatts of solar power on County of Riverside land. The company is currently analyzing the parcels of available land to determine the best location for the projects.

Power produced from the projects will be sold to utilities and communities across the state of California to help achieve renewable portfolio standard requirements and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Riverside County has excellent solar resources. On June 29 it was announced by Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior of the United States, that the U.S. Department of the Interior has targeted 202,295 acres of public lands in the eastern half of Riverside County as the largest of 24 solar energy study zones singled out for fast-track development.

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