PSEG Acquires 25.4-MW Californian Solar Project

PSEG Solar Source has acquired the 25.4-megawatt Columbia Solar Project in California from Hanergy America Solar Solutions.

The project, built on a remediated brownfield, is located 40 miles northeast of San Francisco in Pittsburg. The plant is due to start operating in October 2015 after the testing and commissioning process is completed. It has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric.

The new facility has 83,000 solar panels on a 105-acre remediated parcel located in an historically industrial zone. The site underwent an extensive cleanup, led by site owner USS-POSCO Industries, over several years under the supervision of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

McCarthy Building Companies performed the engineering, procurement and construction for the project. Blue Oak Energy will operate the new solar facility. Hanergy America Solar Solutions completed the development and managed the construction of the Columbia Solar Project.

The energy produced at the facility will help PG&E meet California’s mandate that 33% of the energy sold by investor-owned utilities must come from renewable resources by 2020. Solar Source has 12 facilities in operation or development with total capacity of 148MW.

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