Central Desert Green located in Borrego Springs, California is located approximately 150 km from the city of San Diego, northeast of San Diego County. According to the French industry, it will have more than 2,800 photovoltaic modules concentration (CPV) using technology (Concentrix). These modules will be produced by the plant Soitec located on the site of Rancho Bernardo (close to San Diego, California).
Project construction is expected to begin this month, while the start of commercial operation is scheduled before the end of 2014. Electricity produced by Green Desert will be purchased by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG & E) part of a long-term agreement. Finally, the plant will be connected to the substation SDG & E Borrego Springs.
In 2011, SDG & E has signed five power purchase agreements (Power Purchase Agreements – PPAs) with 155 MW Soitec Solar Development. Green Desert is the first project of its portfolio of contracts to enter into construction. These agreements with SGD & E led Soitec to invest more than $ 150 million in its production plant CPV modules in San Diego. To date, over 250 jobs have been created on the site of Rancho Bernardo.
“This is an important milestone, which comes shortly after the first year of operation of our facility in San Diego. This demonstrates the success of Soitec in the execution of its strategic plan to finalize its portfolio of CPV projects to be provided by the plant in San Diego, “said Clark Crawford, vice president of sales and development of Soitec. “Invenergy has a solid experience in the renewable energy industry, with several fundraising for projects. Moreover, its expertise in the construction and operation of plants were found. This ensures that the project will be Green Desert completed effectively and will be operated according to the highest standards. ”
Desert Green project is expected to create fifty jobs at the peak of the construction of the plant. During its first year of operation, it will generate enough renewable electricity to power about 2,000 homes in the area served by SDG & E. The project will also prevent the emission of nearly 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, equivalent to the emissions from more than 1,000 vehicles traveling in the United States.
The electricity produced by the plant will be generated by the CPV systems with two axes of fifth generation Soitec, using its Concentrix ™ technology. These CX-S530 systems were designed by Soitec to improve the average production cost of electricity (LCOE – Levelized Cost of Electricity) of large solar power plants in the sunniest regions. Soitec’s CPV technology has a production cost of electricity particularly competitive compared to other solar technologies, especially due to higher yields during daylight hours, and lower costs for construction and plant maintenance. It also works without water cooling support high ambient temperatures and its environmental impact is minimal.
For Soitec, it is perfectly suited to desert areas such as the Borrego Springs.