300 MW Californian solar project receives grid connection go ahead


The utility-scale solar and wind energy developer has secured a queue position for its Beltran Solar project, following approval from the California Independent System Operation (CAISO). Upon completion, it will be allowed to connect to the state’s grid.

The 300 MW project will be built across three phases in Stanislaus County, California, and take between 18 months and two years to complete. The first phase is slated to deliver power in 2016 and 2017, said Centauri.

"Beltran Solar has been in development for more than five years. The permits have been issued, the environmental impact studies are finished and now the CAISO application is approved. These are some of the biggest hurdles for a large-scale project like this. With all of these complete, we’re ready to develop," said CEO and president, Jeff Irvine.

In their Q1 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research report that cumulative solar PV capacity in California has reached 10.6 GW, up from 3.5 GW in 2014.

California’s solar growth has been attributed to its effective public policies, including the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and Net Energy Metering (NEM).