Recurrent Energy is a U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. with more than 4 GW of solar projects in development in North America. The company just announced they have completed the nearby 200 megawatt Tranquillity Solar Project in Fresno County.
In addition Recurrent has 8 utility-size solar projects either built or under development in Kings County – fast becoming the King of all counties in California solar development.
Electricity and the associated renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by the Tranquillity solar facility will be sold under long-term power purchase agreements to offtakers including Southern California Edison (SCE). In August 2015, Southern Power signed an agreement to acquire a 51 percent controlling interest in the Tranquillity solar power project. Canadian Solar retains 49 percent ownership of the facility.
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.