California’s first utility-scale PV solar electricity plant to connect to the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) transmission grid celebrate with dedication ceremonies attended by state officials and company executives for Meridian Energy, Quanta and Sharp Electronics. CalRENEW-1 is a collaborative effort between Meridian Energy, PG&E, CAISO and the city of Mendota, which provides the site’s long-term lease.
CalRENEW-1 is the first large scale solar project with CAISO approval for the delivery of zero-emission solar power directly to the transmission level gird. The project will deliver 5MW of emissions-free solar power to PG&E under a long-term power purchase agreement.
Over 50,000 Sharp thin-film solar modules were used on the project, which resides on 50 acres in California’s central valley. This was Sharp’s first major deployment of its amorphous-silicon thin-film products in the United States. Their tandem-junction thin-film solar modules have a 9% conversion efficiency and 128W power output.
Engineering and installation of the facility was provided by Quanta Renewable Energy Services while the facility is owned and operated by Meridian Energy. Commercial operations began on April 30.