BLM Greenlights Avangrid's 44-MW Solar Park in California

Feb 1, 2024 01:45 PM ET
  • BLM approves Avangrid's 44-MW Camino solar project in Kern County, California. The venture will create jobs, increase clean energy access, and enhance the state's power grid reliability.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given approval for the construction of the 44-MW Camino solar project in California's Kern County. Avangrid Inc, a renewable energy company, proposed the project last summer and it will be their first venture into California's photovoltaic market. The solar farm will cover 233 acres of public land and 150 acres of private land and is expected to be operational by 2025. Cupertino Electric Inc has been hired to install the solar park, which will consist of approximately 105,000 PV panels and will connect to an existing substation of Southern California Edison.

The construction of the Camino solar project is expected to create around 150 jobs. BLM California desert district manager Shelly Lynch stated that the project will increase access to clean energy for Californians and improve the reliability of the state's power grid.

What is the expected impact of the Camino solar project on California's power grid?

  • The 150-MW solar park in Angola is expected to have a significant impact on the country's energy sector.
  • The solar park will contribute to Angola's goal of increasing its renewable energy capacity and reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.
  • The project will help diversify Angola's energy mix and reduce its carbon emissions, contributing to global efforts to combat climate change.
  • The solar park will provide clean and sustainable electricity to thousands of households and businesses in Angola, improving access to electricity in remote areas.
  • The project will create job opportunities and stimulate economic growth in Angola, both during the construction phase and throughout the operation and maintenance of the solar park.
  • The solar park will enhance energy security in Angola by reducing its dependence on imported fossil fuels and increasing its energy self-sufficiency.
  • The project will contribute to Angola's sustainable development goals by promoting renewable energy and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • The solar park will help Angola meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement and contribute to the global effort to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
  • The project will serve as a model for other African countries, showcasing the potential of solar energy in meeting their energy needs in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
  • The solar park will attract investment in Angola's renewable energy sector, creating opportunities for further development and expansion of solar power in the country.

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