5 MW California solar farm begins operations

Mendota, Calif., May 13, 2010 — CalRENEW-1, the first utility-scale photovoltaic solar project to be interconnected to PG&E’s transmission system under California’s renewable portfolio standard program, has commenced commercial operation, said project developer Cleantech America.

The project will provide 5 MW of emission-free peaking solar electricity to PG&E under a long-term power purchase agreement.

Cleantech America is the U.S. renewable development subsidiary of Meridian Energy Ltd. of Wellington, New Zealand. CalRENEW-1 is the company’s first U.S. solar farm to go into operation. Meridian is a state-owned electricity generator in New Zealand and generates power entirely from renewable resources.

CalRENEW-1 consists of more than 50,000 solar panels covering almost 50 acres. Development and construction of the solar farm created scores of green collar jobs and solar installer training opportunities in the Central Valley.

CalRENEW-1 is one of the most advanced photovoltaic solar facilities in the world, helping California meet its renewable energy and carbon reduction goals.

Cleantech America, Inc. is a California-based developer of utility scale photovoltaic solar farms and other renewable energy projects.

Meridian Energy is a New Zealand-based supplier of CarboNZero certified electricity. The state-owned enterprise serves 183,000 residential, business and rural customers throughout New Zealand and operates nine hydroelectric stations and two wind farms, which generate an average of 12,500 GWh per year.


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