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Swinerton Renewable Energy: December 21, 2016

155MW Springbok 2 Solar Farm is Commissioned

The 155 MWAC (191 MWDC) Springbok 2 Solar Farm in Kern County, California has commissioned.

8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, a US-based independent solar photovoltaic (PV) developer, and D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, LLC (DESRI), which with its affiliates owns and manages approximately 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy assets in North America, announced the commissioning of the 155 MWAC (191 MWDC) Springbok 2 Solar Farm in Kern County, California. Springbok 2 joins the 105 MWAC (137 MWDC) Springbok 1 Solar Farm, commissioned earlier this year.

Located 70 miles north of Los Angeles, the two new solar farms combined are expected to supply enough clean, renewable energy to serve over 110,000 households in southern California through power offtake partner, Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), on behalf of its participating member, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). 8minutenergy originally developed the Springbok 2 solar farm while DESRI and its affiliates invested the majority of the equity in the project and arranged financing from a group of lenders and tax equity investors. Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) served as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor, with construction management overseen by 8minutenergy and DESRI.

Springbok 2 Solar Farm is located on approximately 700 acres of abandoned farmland taken out of production more than 20 years ago. 8minutenergy began developing the project in 2011, creating an estimated 300 direct and 400 indirect jobs during construction in Kern County. The amount of greenhouse gas emissions expected to be avoided each year through operation of the projects is comparable to removing 111,000 cars from the road.

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