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Build on 110 MW Calif. solar farm completed

Aug. 23, 2013 at 6:47 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Engineering company Bechtel Corp. announced it finished construction on a 110 megawatt solar power facility in southern California.

Bechtel said it completed the Catalina solar power generating facility in Kern Country, working with EDF Renewable Energy, which has 7 gigawatts of power under contract in North America.

"Catalina Solar is a strategic project for EDF Renewable Energy as it represents our largest utility-scale photovoltaic solar plant developed in North America," said EDF regional Vice President Mark Tholke in a statement Thursday.

A 2008 state law requires retail energy providers to use renewable energy to meet 33 percent of consumer demand by 2020.

Bechtel said the facility would provide enough power to meet the annual energy needs of approximately 35,000 households. The Catalina solar park is situated on a 900-acre site and includes more than 7 miles of transmission line.

"The build of facilities like Catalina will help spur innovation around solar technologies and strengthen our use of clean, renewable power," Bechtel's renewables chief Toby Seay said.

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