PSEG Solar Source has acquired the 25.4MW Columbia Solar Project from Hanergy America Solar Solutions. Built on a reclaimed brownfield site, the project is located in Pittsburg, California — around 64 kilometres northeast of San Francisco.
The site, which will be renamed as the PSEG Pittsburg Solar Energy Center, is expected to commence operations in October 2015 after testing and commissioning checks are completed. The project has already signed off on a 20-year power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric.
Diana Drysdale, president of PSEG Solar Source, said: “We are particularly proud to be part of this project that has turned a brownfield site green. We continue to look for opportunities to build our business across the nation by working with best-in-class partners like Hanergy.”
Comprised of 83,000 solar panels over a 42-hectare parcel of land in a historically industrial zone, the installation’s location underwent a thorough cleanup over several years — led by site owner USS-POSCO Industries and performed under the supervision of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
McCarthy Building Companies were responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) duties, while Blue Oak Energy will operate the new facility.
Pyramyth Liu, chief operating officer of Hanergy America Solar Solutions, added: “We are excited to bring online the largest solar PV facility in the San Francisco Bay Area. The facility maximizes economic value of this brownfield site by providing clean energy for the surrounding communities.”