The solar installations, together now called the PSEG Shasta Solar Farm, are the largest in mountainous Shasta County, built at over 3,300 feet in elevation between iconic Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta. The closing occurred on December 16, 2013. Construction started in July of 2013, with commercial operation expected in early 2014.
Blue Oak Energy is providing turnkey engineering, procurement and construction "EPC" services to complete the projects and will provide operations and maintenance "O&M" services after completion.
The PSEG Shasta Solar Farm is expected to include approximately 14,952 Canadian Solar CS6X modules. The solar farm will power approximately 725 homes. Combined, the two plants will offset nearly 6,289 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to taking nearly 1,189 automobiles off the road.
This is the first West Coast project for PSEG Solar Source, which develops, constructs, owns, and operates utility scale solar projects. It owns the largest solar facilities in Delaware and Ohio, the second largest in Florida as well as projects in Arizona and New Jersey.
Â“PSEG is pleased to announce this, our 7th utility scale solar project,Â” said Diana Drysdale, President of PSEG Solar Source. Â“We continue to work with best-in-class partners like Canadian Solar to invest in projects that provide emissions-free solar energy that help meet solar and renewable targets across the U.S.Â”
"We are proud to partner with PSEG, a renowned institution, on these showcase utility-scale solar power plants," commented Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc. "As a Tier 1 company, Canadian Solar boasts a low risk, high quality pipeline, with the proven ability to execute to each end buyerÂ’s specifications, and the bankability needed to attract strong end buyers. Our fast growing record of solar project successes worldwide, is allowing us to gain added momentum in key markets worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, and Japan, as well as in fast growing emerging markets such as China.Â”
Ignite Solar, a Texas Based PV development company, was the initial developer of the Fall River Mills project.
Â“Through Ignite SolarÂ’s community outreach program we had the opportunity to meet with and get feedback from many of our neighbors and community members. It was an absolute pleasure to work with the Fall River Mills community and we appreciate their support for our project!Â” said Peter Mathey, President, and CEO of Ignite Solar.
Canadian Solar modules are covered by a 10-year warranty on materials and workmanship, along with a 25-year linear power output performance guarantee. In addition, Canadian Solar's product and performance warranty are backed by a third-party insurance policy that is underwritten by investment grade insurance companies, ensuring a safe investment for developers, investors, and project owners.