PG&E dedicates three Fresno Co. solar projects

The 20-megawatt Cantua Solar Station is one of three Fresno County solar stations dedicated on June 25.The 20-megawatt Cantua Solar Station is one of three Fresno County solar stations dedicated on June 25.Pacific Gas & Electric Co. dedicated three solar generation stations in Cantua Creek Monday.

 

The three photovoltaic solar fields total 50 megawatts in energy generating capacity, enough to power around 38,000 homes.

Built over the last 11 months by Cupertino Electric of San Jose and German solar company Q.CELLS, the systems are located in Cantua Creek in west Fresno County.

County Supervisor Phil Larson helped to dedicate the arrays during a ceremony held Monday at the Cantua Solar Generation Station, the site of one of the arrays.

The solar projects are part of PG&E's five-year plan to enable 250 megawatts of utility-owned solar power. A complementary plan aims to secure another 250 megawatts from developer-owned systems.

The utility, which serves around 15 million Californians with electricity, is set to announce its third-year toward achieving that goal.

PG&E spokesperson Denny Boyles said the solar projects that PG&E is working on are generally smaller in capacity—between 10 and 20 megawatts—making "it easier to work through the approval process."