EDF Renewables’ 620-MW California solar portfolio is completed

EDF Renewables North America‘s Palen Solar site is fully operational and supplies low-carbon energy to the grid. The site consists of four projects totaling 620 MWDC of solar energy and 200 MWh of energy storage.

Credit: EDF Renewables North America

The projects, which use uniaxial tracking technology, are located side by side on unincorporated land in Riverside County, California, administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM has designated this area as a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, land set aside for utility-scale renewable energy development.

The four projects that make up Palen Solar are:

  • Maverick 1:173 MWDC
  • Maverick 4: 137 MWDC
  • Maverick 6: 131 MWDC + 200 MWh (50 MW) battery storage
  • Maverick 7: 179 MWDC

The combined projects will generate enough low-carbon energy to cover the consumption of up to 217,000 average California homes.

Construction activities commenced in early 2020 with Maverick 1 and Maverick 4, followed by Maverick 6 and Maverick 7 in early 2021. The projects were completed sequentially from December 2020. At the peak of construction, the sites employed more than 500 employees, most of whom were local in Riverside County.

“The Maverick projects are the cornerstone of our large-scale growth and expertise in solar and storage,” said Benoit Rigal, senior VP of implementation and project management for EDF Renewables North America. “The renewable energy sector has experienced significant volatility in recent years as it fights against both unprecedented pandemic and supply chain constraints. We are pleased that all four projects are now operating at full capacity and contributing to California’s climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.”

EDF Renewables’ Asset Optimization group will provide operations and maintenance services throughout the life of the project. The group will provide NERC compliance support, remote monitoring and plant balance management to maximize power production.

EDF Renewables North America

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