Cleantech America Plans 80 MW Solar PV Farm for California

Kings River Conservation District (KRCD) and San Francisco-based Cleantech America, LLC, have entered into a multi-year agreement for Cleantech America to provide up to 80 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power to the recently formed San Joaquin Valley Power Authority (SJVPA)

“The promise of Community Choice is to have local control of our energy destiny,” said David Orth, General Manager of KRCD.

 “This means providing a choice of energy providers, stable and predictable rates, and valued added to the region through the development of new, local renewable energy sources like utility-scale photovoltaic solar which is generated within our service area, close to our energy load,” Orth added.

The memorandum of understanding calls for the facility to be developed in phases of 10 MW in 2009, 30 MW in 2010 and 40 MW in 2011, for a total of 80 MW.

Cleantech America recently announced an agreement with PG&E for a 5 MW solar farm, CalRENEW-1, which also will be located in Fresno County.

“This is a visionary step by Kings River Conservation District,” said Bill Barnes, CEO of Cleantech America LLC. “The extraordinary economies of scale which can be achieved by facilities of this magnitude would have a dramatic effect on helping solar energy achieve grid parity.”

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