SDG&E signs two solar contracts worth 257 MW

enXco, a subsidiary of France-based EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, is intending to install the 130 MWp Catalina Solar Project in Kern County, California. The company says it will develop, build and own the project, while SDG&E will buy the generated power under a 25 year power purchase agreement.

Subject to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval, the first 60 MWp phase is scheduled to be installed and online by the end of next year. Meanwhile, continues enXco, the remaining 70 MWp should be operational by the middle of 2013.

Overall, the project is expected to produce enough energy to power around 35,000 homes.

Under SDG&E’s second agreement, Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, LLC, a subsidiary of LS Power Development, LLC, will construct a 127 MWp photovoltaic park installed in Maricopa County, Arizona.

According to a statement released by LS Power, if approved, the first 25 MW will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2013. A further 25 MW will then reportedly be delivered every two months, until the project is complete.

The company adds that SDG&E will receive both the power and the renewable energy credits from this project, which will connect at the same substation in Arizona where SDG&E’s Southwest Powerlink begins.

"The Arlington Valley Solar project is one of LS Power’s most advanced solar energy farms, with state and county permits in-hand," said John King, executive vice president of LS Power. "We are pleased that we can proceed to financing and construction to deliver SDG&E cost-effective solar power beginning in 2013."