SPI Solar has begun construction on an 8MW DC utility-scale solar project near Palm Springs, California, after signing an EPC contract with North Palm Springs Investments. The project will see LDK Solar provide around 33,880 solar modules on a single-axis tracker system that will cover 36.5 acres on two separate land parcels.
A PPA with Southern California Edison (SCE) was agreed upon for the solar project, making SCE the sole electricity buyer for the power generated by the solar plant over a 20-year period. Over the time period, SPI will monitor the services of the plant using its Solar PowerView monitoring system. Once the system has been completed, it is anticipated to produce 8,000kWh of electricity during its first year.
“We are very pleased to have this project under way. SCE is a great partner to work with and this is both our largest utility-scale project, and our largest project with SCE to date,” said Steve Kircher, CEO for SPI. “We are pursuing utility-scale projects, as well as a growing number of distributed generation projects across the US.”