Iberdrola Group’s Avangrid announced it is constructing a 57 MWdc solar project in Kern County, California, near its existing 189 MW Manzana wind farm. The Camino Solar project will be Avangrid’s first solar facility in California, where it currently operates more than 500 MW through multiple wind energy facilities.
“This project further strengthens Avangrid’s commitment to developing the renewable projects needed to address climate change, while also contributing to the local economies in the communities in which we are present,” said Pedro Azagra, Avangrid CEO.
The project will create more than 100 jobs during construction, which will be carried out by Cupertino Electric, Inc., and is expected to be commercially operational in 2025. Featuring more than 105,000 panels, the project is projected to contribute roughly $15.5 million in local taxes during its lifetime.
“Cupertino Electric has built more than 40 renewable energy projects in Kern County, California, and we’re honored to be involved with Avangrid’s inaugural project in the area,” said Chris Martin, Vice President of Operations, Energy for Cupertino Electric, Inc.