8minutenergy Renewables, LLC and sPower today announced that construction will begin in Q1 2015 on three solar facilities in the 72.9MW-dc Redwood Solar Farm cluster located in Kern County, Calif. 8minutenergy will team with sPower to build Redwood Solar Farms with a Commercial Operation Date (COD) in June to August 2015.
Redwood Solar Farms has signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the City of Palo Alto, Calif. The construction of the first three solar facilities in 8minutenergy's Redwood Solar Farm cluster in Kern County include: 65HK 8me, LLC (Hayworth Solar Farm, 33.26MW-dc), 67RK 8me, LLC (Redcrest Solar Farm, 20.86MW-dc) and 87RL 8me, LLC (Woodmere Solar Farm, 18.75MW-dc).
A fourth project in Kern County, the 133MW-dc (100MW-ac) Springbok Solar Farm, is being developed by 8minutenergy through its wholly-owned subsidiary, 62SK 8me, LLC. Springbok has signed a PPA with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), on behalf of its participating member, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
"We are pleased to work with sPower to build the first three projects in the Redwood Solar Farm cluster," said Martin Hermann, chief executive officer of 8minutenergy Renewables. "We look forward to completing construction and to delivering clean, renewable power. We are excited about developing the remaining capacity of our other solar projects in Kern County."
"We believe renewable energy development is a "local skill set," said Ryan Creamer, sPower's CEO. "The projects we'll develop with 8minutenergy will provide construction and operations jobs and revenues for local communities – all while helping to reduce carbon emissions and delivering affordable, sustainable energy to California rate payers."
The Redwood Solar Farm projects are sited on 345 acres of low-productivity farmland. When fully operational, their annual production capacity of 146 million kWh of electricity will provide enough clean renewable energy for more than 9,200 homes. The solar farms are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 100,000 metric tons annually – the equivalent of removing 21,000 cars from the road each year.
"8minutenergy is thrilled that our close collaboration with sPower and Kern County officials is bringing these projects to fruition," said Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy Renewables. "We are proud that the Redwood Solar Farm cluster will generate hundreds of jobs and millions in tax and other revenue for Kern County, and of our support for community programs in the area. We look forward to developing the Redwood Solar cluster, and Springbok Solar Farm as well."