California Flats Solar Project

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California Flats Solar Project
California Flats Solar Project is located in California
California Flats Solar Project
Location of California Flats Solar Project
Country United States
Location Monterey County, California
Coordinates 35°53′N 120°24′W / 35.883°N 120.400°W / 35.883; -120.400Coordinates: 35°53′N 120°24′W / 35.883°N 120.400°W / 35.883; -120.400
Status Under construction
Construction began 2016
Solar field
Type Flat-panel PV
Site area 2,900 acres (1,174 ha)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 280 MWp (when completed)

The California Flats Solar Project is a 280 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power station under construction in the Cholame Hills area of southeastern Monterey County, California, near the San Luis Obispo, Kings, and Fresno County borders in Central California.[1]

The project is owned by California Flats Solar LLC, a subsidiary of First Solar.[1] It will use thin-film technology manufactured by First Solar.[1] The project began construction in 2016 and is expected to be online by 2018.[2][3]

The plant has two power purchase agreements; Apple Inc. is buying 130 MW to power its California operations, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company is purchasing 150 MW.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "First Solar: California Flats". 
  2. ^ "Solar project developers hiring for 300 jobs". December 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "California Flats Solar Project Datasheet". First Solar. 
  4. ^ Christina Farr and Nichola Groom (February 10, 2015). "Apple in big solar power deal, market cap closes over $700 billion". Reuters. 

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