California-based solar PV developer 8minutenergy Renewables has signed a generation interconnection agreement with the California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for 200 MW of utility-scale solar power from its PV project in Imperial Valley, Calif.
The agreement confirms that 8minutenergy's solar project has completed the ISO's Phase I and Phase II interconnection study processes, as well as posted the required letters of credits. The agreement details a series of investments by 8minutenergy to upgrade SDG&E's power network.
The project is located on 1,422 acres of private, disturbed, low-value farmland, and is scheduled to start construction in early 2014 and begin delivering renewable energy to SDG&E in December 2014. The project will create nearly 450 direct jobs and over 500 indirect jobs in Imperial County, Calif., during construction, according to 8minutenergy.
The solar power plant is expected to produce enough renewable energy to serve approximately 72,000 households in SDG&E's service territory.
The project will connect with SDG&E's Imperial Valley substation, and its renewable energy will be transmitted over the utility's Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which is currently under construction and slated for completion this year.