Large-scale solar plant developer PSEG Solar Source made the announcement that they have acquired the 25.4 MW Columbia Solar Project from Hanergy America Solar Solutions. The PV plant is expected to start operations in October, 2015 after tests and commissioning are complete, and will be under a 20-year PPA with Pacific Gas & Electric. The plant is located around 40 miles northeast of San Francisco in Pittsburg, California, and has been developed on a remediated brownfield.
Under the watchful eyes of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the brownfield was cleaned up and underwent remediation led by site owner USS-POSCO Industries for several years. It was thereafter the PV plant was given the go-ahead for development. The Columbia Solar Project which carries 83,000 solar panels on 105 acres will be named PSEG Pittsburg Solar Energy Center according to PSEG.
EPC was undertaken by McCarthy Building Companies and Blue Oak Energy will operate the plant. Hanergy America Solar was in charge of development and management of construction. "We are excited to bring online the largest solar PV facility in the San Francisco Bay Area," said Pyramyth Liu, Chief Operating Officer of Hanergy America Solar Solutions, a subsidiary of Hanergy Holding Group Limited. "The facility maximizes economic value of this brownfield site by providing clean energy for the surrounding communities. Hanergy looks forward to building many more large utility projects across the country with PSEG, a resourceful and reliable partner."