8minutenergy energizes two phases of Mount Signal 3 solar farm

US-based independent solar power developer 8minutenergy Renewables has energised Phases 1 and 2 of the 328MW-dc Mount Signal 3 (MS3) solar photovoltaic (PV) project. Located in the city of Calexico in California’s Imperial Valley, the project is said to be part of the 800MW Mount Signal Solar Farm. Currently, the commissioning of the plant is underway, with operations expected to start by the end of this year.8minutenergy founder and CEO Martin Hermann said: “This project is important to the Imperial Valley’s future, given the amount of abundant and reliable solar power that will be delivered to the region for decades to come.
 
“As the original developer of the 260MW Mount Signal 1 project, we are thrilled to see the next project coming to fruition. Mortenson Construction is providing the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracting for the project, while First Solar supplied the 2.8 million Series 4 thin-film solar panels, and NEXTracker supplied its NX Horizon smart solar tracker. In 2014, Southern California Edison and 8minutenergy signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the project’s clean energy. 8minutenergy president and co-founder Tom Buttgenbach said: “All of our dedicated partners have been invaluable in ensuring this important project will be completed on time.
 
“We would like to thank Imperial County’s Board of Supervisors, and the entire staff of the County administration, all of whom have been continuously supportive during the construction of this project.”
 
Upon completion, MS3 is expected to generate 770 million kWh of clean power to more than 114,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by more than 530,000 metric tonnes. The MS3 development and construction works have led to the creation of more than 600 jobs in the region.