U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Solar Energy Technologies Program – News
Interior Department Approves Transmission Line for California Solar Project
October 3, 2012
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on September 26 approved construction of the transmission line for First Solar's Campo Verde Solar energy project, which will cross public lands southwest of El Centro in Southern California. The 139-megawatt solar energy project is expected to support more than 250 construction and operation jobs. At full capacity, the Campo Verde facility will produce enough electricity to power 41,700 homes.
Electricity from the Campo Verde photovoltaic plant will be transmitted to San Diego Gas and Electric Company's Imperial Valley Substation. The Campo Verde facility is located on about 1,443 acres of privately-owned land. DOI approved the right-of-way for the power line to cross 17 acres of public land. See the DOI press release.