The Kings County Community Development Agency has received an application for a land development permit that proposes to establish a 150 Megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar energy generating facility to be constructed on approximately 2,427 acres. The project site is located southeast of Avenal Cutoff Road between Kent Avenue and Lansing Avenue near Lemoore and the navy base.
The project being built by Recurrent Energy would construct another utility-scale solar farm adjacent several other already built by the same firm. That includes Mustang Solar 1,a 100MW project under construction and Kent South ,a 20MW completed Recurrent project along the Avenal Cutoff – what is becoming Kings County’s solar highway.Also nearby on Ave 25 is Orion solar,a 20MW farm already in operation.
Unlike the other solar farms SF-based Recurrent is planning to add a utility-scale energy storage facility as part of the project that could store energy at night.
In total Recurrent’s solar footprint in this part of Kings County will add up to nearly 300MW.
The new Mustang 2 project is expected to be processed on a negative declaration and be built this year. A public hearing on their CUP application is expected soon.The project is being built on land owned by Westlake Farms’ Ceil Howe, who has been impacted by the multi-year drought with lack of an adequate water supply to grow crops on this land.