8minutenergy Renewables, Gestamp Solar to build 30 MW solar farm in California


California-based solar PV developer 8minutenergy Renewables and Spanish group Gestamp Solar have signed a 25-year contract to sell 30 MW-ac (40 MW-dc) of solar energy from its Midway III Solar Farm project in Imperial County, California, to Southern California utility Imperial Irrigation District (IID), which serves Imperial County.

8minutenergy and Gestamp have a joint agreement to develop the Midway III Solar Farm project, a utility-scale solar generation facility sited on 221 acres (hectares) of farmland. Construction is projected to begin next year with the solar farm scheduled to be operational and delivering renewable energy to the IID grid by the latter half of 2016.

"Power for over 10,600 households in Imperial County will be produced by the Midway III Solar Farm’s annual production of approximately 75.0 million kilowatt hours of electricity,” said Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy Renewables.

Imperial Irrigation District Electricity provides electric power to more than 145,000 customers in the Imperial Valley and parts of Riverside and San Diego counties. As the sixth largest utility in California, IID Energy controls more than 1,100 megawatts of energy derived from a diverse resource portfolio that includes its own generation, and long- and short-term power purchases.

The PPA contract is pending approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.

8minutenergy and Gestamp have partnered on a number of solar projects in California, including the Midway I and II Solar Farms. The companies signed a power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company earlier this year for 50 MW project.