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VIDEO: E.On Solar builds its first facility in California

E.On Solar, a part of E.On SE, completed Alamo Solar in San Bernardino County, California. The 20 MW (AC) photovoltaic solar facility, located near the town of Oro Grande, marks E.On’s first solar power project executed in the state and is the latest expansion of a growing U.S. footprint.

San Francisco-based E.On Solar also announced the sale of Alamo to Dominion, which makes Alamo the first U.S. solar project to be sold by the company.

E.On’s global experience enables it to build quality, economical solar projects on schedule and on budget, whether E.On or another entity is the owner or operator. In 2014, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) selected E.On Solar to build an array on the U.S. Army’s Ft. Huachuca base in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

The 14 MW (AC) photovoltaic project is the U.S. Department of Defense’s largest solar array on a military installation. In early 2015, E.On brought the Ft. Huachuca solar project, which has 57,000 panels and serves about 25 percent of the base’s electricity needs, into service. TEP also purchases power from two E.On facilities, Valencia Solar and Tech Park Solar, located near Tucson.

E.On Solar has begun construction of another solar project in California, which is expected to reach commercial operation later this year. Currently, legislators in Sacramento are considering two bills to increase California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. “Strong public policy leadership from Sen. Kevin De Leon, and Rep. Das Williams continues to make California an attractive market for E.On to expand its solar presence and create jobs,” said Trenholm.