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Bechtel concludes construction of 110MW California solar project

EBR Staff Writer Published 23 August 2013

Bechtel, a US-based engineering and construction company, has concluded the development of the Catalina solar photovoltaic generating facility in Kern County, Southern California.

The 110MW alternating-current solar plant spans over an area of 900 acres and features a 7.2mile transmission line that connects the plant to the substation.

Bechtel constructed the project on behalf of EDF Renewable Energy.

EDF Renewable Energy West Region vice president Mark Tholke said Catalina Solar is a strategic project for EDF Renewable Energy as it represents the company's largest utility-scale photovoltaic solar plant developed in North America.

"The project has been an important source of direct and indirect economic activity in Kern County, including over 500 workers on-site during construction. We are pleased to mark the end of construction and commence operation," added Tholke.

Catalina Solar, claimed to be one of the world's largest photovoltaic facilities, is estimated to produce enough renewable energy to power around 35,000 homes.

Bechtel communications, renewables, and transmission business line president Toby Seay said, "The build of facilities like Catalina will help spur innovation around solar technologies and strengthen our use of clean, renewable power."

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