U.S.-based renewable energy developer Terra-Gen and M. A. Mortenson Company announced an agreement to proceed on a solar and energy storage project located in California, consisting of 1,118 megawatts of solar and 2,165 megawatt-hours of energy storage, which is currently the largest single solar and battery energy storage project to reach this milestone.
The Edwards & Sanborn solar and energy storage project is located near several operating wind and solar projects in Kern County, California. Mortenson will be the full engineering, procurement, and construction contractor on both the solar and energy storage scopes.
Solar production on the site will utilize more than 2.5 million modules to produce enough energy to power 260,000 homes in California and energy storage will utilize more than 110,000 lithium-ion battery modules.
Site construction will commence in Q1 2021 with expected completion in Q4 2022, employing over 700 people on site at peak construction.
Brian Gorda, vice president of engineering at Terra-Gen, LLC stated:
“Selecting the right partner to execute a project of this scale coupled with cutting edge battery experience was paramount for Terra-Gen, and Mortenson was a natural fit. Terra-Gen is excited to push the industry to new heights and build a plant that provides energy for all hours of demand.”
Trent Mostaert, Mortenson’s general manager and vice president for Solar and Emerging Renewables at M. A. Mortenson Company said:
“The Edwards & Sanborn solar and energy storage project is industry-changing and during this challenging 2020 will redefine the impact these systems will have on our clean energy future. We are proud to combine our solar and energy storage design and construction expertise with Terra-Gen’s development capabilities to deliver a world-class energy facility.”
Source: Press release by M. A. Mortenson Company. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy via Flickr (U.S. Government Works).