8minutenergy and Gestamp release project details for 355 MW pipeline


The two parties signed a Generation Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with California’s Imperial Irrigation District (IID) under which they will install five photovoltaic systems in Imperial Valley.

While details of two of the projects were announced – the 50 MW Chocolate Mountains Solar Farm and the 50 MW Calipatria II Solar Farm – the remaining 255 MW were not accounted for.

However, speaking to pv magazine, a spokesperson explained that the other three projects will comprise the 50 MW Calipatria I Solar Farm, expected to be online by 2013, the 50 MW Midway I system, scheduled for completion in 2014, and the 155 MW Midway II installation, also to be finished by 2014.

The spokesperson said that no equipment manufacturers have yet been contracted. However, the process for selecting them is said to be underway.

They would not disclose how much the partnership between 8minutenergy and Gestamp is worth. They did say though that both parties have other photovoltaic projects under development.

Specifically, 8minutenergy has seven other utility projects in the pipeline in California, and Gestamp Solar has "several others" in Central Valley and LA County.