Recurrent Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., and Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co., have announced commercial operation of their 200 MW Tranquillity solar power project in California.
In August 2015, Southern Power signed an agreement to acquire a 51% controlling interest in the project, located on 1,900 acres of retired agricultural land in Fresno County, Calif., and Canadian Solar retains 49% ownership of the facility. The project’s electricity and associated renewable energy credits will be sold under long-term power purchase agreements to off-takers, including Southern California Edison.
“The Tranquillity solar facility is the product of long-term collaboration with financial partners, local communities and other stakeholders,” said Dr. 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.”
“The Tranquillity solar facility will help meet the energy needs of customers now and in the future,” added Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. “Through strategic acquisitions, we continue our solar generation growth, creating one of America’s largest renewable portfolios.”
According to Canadian Solar, construction of the Tranquillity project created 456 peak construction jobs, with approximately 57% of workers hailing from within 50 miles of the project site. More than $5 million was spent locally on materials and services to support construction activities, with Signal Energy Constructors providing engineering, procurement and construction services.