California’s First Utility-Scale PV Solar Farm Breaks Ground

Cleantech America broke ground this week on California’s first utility-scale photovoltaic solar project to be approved under the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) program. Named CalRENEW-1, the solar farm is located in the City of Mendota in California’s Central Valley and will provide 5 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity to PG&E under a long-term power purchase agreement.

The facility is scheduled to begin operation before the end of the year and when completed will be one of the largest photovoltaic solar projects in California. CalRENEW-1 represents a successful collaboration between the Cleantech America, PG&E and the City of Mendota to create green jobs, improve air quality and demonstrate the viability of large-scale PV solar to help California meet its renewable energy goals.

“As a zero emission, solar facility, CalRENEW-1 will move the San Joaquin Valley one step closer toward cleaner air and create dozens of green jobs in a city embracing the new clean energy economy. It has taken the support and hard work of many dedicated individuals and we are all extremely excited to be commencing construction,” said Bill Barnes, CEO of Cleantech America.

Cleantech America was recently acquired by Meridian Energy Ltd. the largest electricity generator in New Zealand. It is the company’s first U.S. solar project and is a model for its U.S. growth strategy. Quanta Services will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project, which will utilize Sharp thin film modules, recently introduced in the U.S.

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