Canadian Solar put the 200 MWac/258 MWp Tranquillity solar power project in California into commercial operation.
The Tranquillity solar power project was developed by Canadian Solar’s unit Recurrent Energy and is majority-owned by Southern Co. unit Southern Power.
Electricity and the associated renewable energy credits produced by the Tranquillity solar facility will be sold under long-term power purchase agreements to offtakers including Southern California Edison.
“The Tranquillity solar facility is the product of long-term collaboration with financial partners, local communities and other stakeholders,” said Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “This milestone is a testament to our commitment to the communities and ecosystems where we operate, which is a critical ingredient of our project development success.”
In August 2015, Southern Power signed an agreement to acquire a 51 percent controlling interest in the Tranquillity solar power project. Canadian Solar retains 49 percent ownership of the facility.
The Tranquillity solar facility, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 50,000 homes, is sited on 1,900 acres of retired agricultural land in Fresno County.
“Recurrent Energy’s Tranquillity solar project is a Smart from the Start project that uses drainage impaired, marginally productive farm lands being retired from agricultural production,” said Carl Zichella, director of western transmission for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Recurrent Energy should be commended for its responsible development practices.”
Construction of the Tranquillity project created 456 peak construction jobs, with about 57 percent of workers hailing from within 50 miles of the project site. More than $5M was spent locally on materials and services to support construction activities, with Signal Energy Constructors providing engineering, procurement and construction services.