Power management company Eaton has signed multiple contracts in order to provide solar inverters, electrical distribution equipment and services for the 72.9MW Redwood Solar Farm in Kern County, California.
The installation, developed by sPower and 8minutenergy Renewables, is expected by produce 146kWh of sustainable energy per year in order to both power around 9,200 California homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the equivalent of removing 21,000 cars off the road over that same stretch of time. The plant will also help local utilities meet the California Renewables Portfolio Standard of producing 33% of power by renewable means by 2020.
Kleber Facchini, solar inverter product manager at Eaton, said: “This project will demonstrate California’s national leadership in developing clean, renewable power generation to support the energy needs of communities and businesses. Through Eaton’s proven solar solutions and the project team’s technical expertise and impressive track record, this installation will provide a national model for the large-scale potential of renewable power generation.”
Located on 139 hectares of farmland, the Redwood Solar Farm is currently in the first phase of what could develop into a much greater endeavour. sPower and 8minutenergy expect the plant to begin generating sustainable power between June – August 2015. Once the plant is completed, Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the City of Palo Alto Utilities will receive the produced power through power purchase agreements.
Through these contracts, Eaton will offer its Power Xpert 1670kW solar inverters and direct-coupled, Cooper Power series transformers, as well as custom AC switchboards for reliable auxiliary power and group-mounted 1000 Vdc Crouse-Hinds series solar disconnects.
Eaton received these contracts from Gehrlicher Solar America Corp, who previously agreed to a deal with 8minutenergy to provide engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and commissioning for the project.