SAN FRANCISCO — E.ON Solar announced that Maricopa West, a 20 MW (AC) solar project in Kern County, California, has entered the construction phase.
“The start of construction of the Maricopa West project is the result of the shared vision and hard work of E.ON’s Solar team, which has established a track-record of engineering best-in-class solar sites in California and other favorable markets,” said Steve Trenholm, CEO, E.ON Solar.
“We are pleased to work with Signal Energy Constructors to build Maricopa West. This project will create 160 jobs for iron workers, electricians, laborers and other trades while boosting the local economy,” said Trenholm.
Maricopa West occupies land in Southern California purchased by E.ON Solar from Maricopa Orchards, LLC. The solar park will utilize a single-axis tracking system and consist of 89,000 photovoltaic panels. It will be fully operational later this year.
“Our solar parks in California and Arizona have created a total of more than 400 construction jobs to date. As we expand our footprint in the state, E.ON Solar will continue to create additional job opportunities,” said Trenholm. “This is an exciting time at E.ON Solar, as we continue to build projects that do not use water in the production of solar electricity, while helping to address America’s energy resource and security needs.”
E.ON is one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies, with annual sales of €112 billion and more than 58,000 employees. E.ON, headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany, plays a leading role in the development of the renewable industry worldwide and is already active in onshore and offshore wind as well as photovoltaic. E.ON currently operates over 10 gigawatts of renewable capacity including large hydro. Since 2007, E.ON has already invested more than €9.5 billion and will continue to expand the share of renewable energy in E.ON’s power generation portfolio. It is E.ON’s ambition to further industrialize the sector and professionalize its operations, in order to reduce the cost of renewable generation and make it ever more competitive. To this end, E.ON works with a wide range of partners and is always open to discuss potential cooperation with committed technical experts and financial investors alike.