The Springbok 2 Solar Farm is located on abandoned farmland near Los Angeles in Kern County, California. Initial work began on the 191 MW dc (150 MW ac) PV project back in 2011.
Following the signing of the PPA with SCPPA, on behalf of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), around 300 direct and 400 indirect jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase. Commercial operation is slated for next Q4.
Just last week, 8minutenergy held a groundbreaking ceremony for its 137 MW dc (105 MW ac) Springbok 1 solar farm, the development of which began back in July. A 25 year PPA was signed with SCPPA for the project, which should be online next June.
Having already provided engineering for the Springbok 1 project, Blymer Engineers was again chosen by Swinterton Builders as the engineering firm of record for the Springbok 2 farm.
"8minutenergy is enjoying tremendous momentum and has established itself as the leading independent solar provider in the U.S. with 1,400 MW of contracted projects," commented 8minutenergy CEO, Martin Hermann. "We broke ground on the Springbok 1 project as scheduled, and were pleased the Springbok 2 project is following close behind right on schedule."
"Developing the Springbok 2 solar project is a critical step toward creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles and meeting our renewable energy targets of 25 percent by 2016 and 33 percent by 2020. We are very pleased the agreement has been achieved and the project is moving forward," added Michael Webster, LADWP executive director of Power System Engineering and Technical Services.