edfCAEDF Energies Nouvelles announced the commissioning of the Catalina photovoltaic plant, with a capacity of 143 MWp by its U.S. subsidiary, EDF Renewable Energy.

Located in the Mojave Desert in California, the central spans over 360 acres southwest of Tehachapi and Piute Mountains. The particularly sunny all year proves highly suitable for this major project.

With more than 1.1 million solar thin-film panels, the Catalina project is the largest solar power plant ever built by EDF Energies Nouvelles and ranks 8th in the world ranking in terms of installed capacity. Under construction since May 2012, the plant was put into operation progressively from December 2012.

The photovoltaic power plant provides electricity to the operator San Diego Gas & Electric Company under a contract of sale of electricity for a period of 25 years.

EDF’s Renewable Energy subsidiary, EDF Renewable Services, ensures the operation and maintenance.

“This landmark achievement, built in an ideal environment for the production of solar energy is a new benchmark to continue our international expansion in geographical high sunshine periods where production and consumption coincide areas,” said Antoine Cahuzac, CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles. “The operation in a limited time of this flagship project demonstrates the expertise and commitment of our teams.”

EDF Energies Nouvelles states have now developed and built more than 1 GWp gross of solar capacity in the world.

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