Utility-scale PV solar farm breaks ground in California

Mendota, Calif., August 24, 2009 – Cleantech America broke ground on California’s first utility-scale photovoltaic solar project to be approved under the state’s renewable portfolio standard.

Named CalRENEW-1, the solar farm is located in the City of Mendota in California’s Central Valley and will provide 5 MW of emission-free solar electricity to PG&E under a long-term power purchase agreement. The facility is scheduled to begin operation before the end of the year and when completed will be one of the largest photovoltaic solar projects in California.

Cleantech America was recently acquired by Meridian Energy Ltd. the largest electricity generator in New Zealand, which generates power entirely from renewable resources. CalRENEW-1 is the company’s first U.S. solar project and is a model for its U.S. growth strategy.

Quanta Services will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project, which will utilize Sharp thin film modules, recently introduced in the U.S.

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