Centinela Solar Energy Project

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Centinela Solar Energy Project
Centinela Solar Energy Project is located in California
Centinela Solar Energy Project
Location of Centinela Solar Energy Project in California
Country United States
Location El Centro, California
Coordinates 32°40′55″N 115°39′38″W / 32.68194°N 115.66056°W / 32.68194; -115.66056Coordinates: 32°40′55″N 115°39′38″W / 32.68194°N 115.66056°W / 32.68194; -115.66056
Status Operational
Commission date 2013
Solar farm
Site area 2,067 acres (836 ha)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 170 MW

The Centinela Solar Energy Project is a 170 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant located on 2,067 acres (836 ha) of previously disturbed private land southwest of El Centro, California. The project would support at least 235 jobs, generate more than $30 million in tax revenue over the life of the project, and deliver enough electricity to power about 82,500 homes. Imperial County gave a green-light to the solar power plant on December 27, 2011, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved the right-of-way for 19 acres for the connecting power line on public land.[1]

The plant went online in tests on July 26, 2013.[2][3]

Electricity production[edit]

Generation (MWh)[4]
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2013 282 4,886 10,462 8,544 11,358 14,504 50,036
2014 14,603 18,196 32,012 37,607 51,878 54,129 50,286 258,711