Canadian Solar Inc. today announced the commercial operation of the 200MWac/258MWp Tranquillity solar power project in California. The Tranquillity solar power project was developed by Recurrent Energy and Southern Power.
"The Tranquillity solar facility is the product of long-term collaboration with financial partners, local communities and other stakeholders," said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar. "This milestone is a testament to our commitment to the communities and ecosystems where we operate, which is a critical ingredient of our project development success."
The Tranquillity solar facility, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power approximately 50,000 homes, is sited on 1,900 acres of retired agricultural land in Fresno County.
"Recurrent Energy's Tranquillity solar project is a Smart from the Start project that uses drainage impaired, marginally productive farm lands being retired from agricultural production," said Carl Zichella, Director of Western Transmission for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). "Recurrent Energy should be commended for its responsible development practices."
Construction of the Tranquillity project created 456 peak construction jobs, with approximately 57 percent of workers hailing from within 50 miles of the project site. More than $5M was spent locally on materials and services to support construction activities, with Signal Energy Constructors providing engineering, procurement and construction services.