BORREGO SPRINGS — Sunpin Solar hosted their groundbreaking ceremony for the Titan Solar 1 project in Borrego Springs Friday, January 10. Between the Salton Sea and Anza Borrego Desert State park, the project will be Sunpin’s second solar project under Imperial Irrigation District territory, with plans for a third.
With over 260,000 panels, Sunpin will generate enough renewable energy to power more than 26,900 homes annually through the Titan Solar 1 project. The facility is expected to be operational by November 2020, according to Sunny Xing, Sunpin Solar marketing manager.
According to Xing, this project will reduce carbon emission equivalent to 182,000 acres of forests planted, offset over 154,300 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, and create 400 green jobs during peak construction.
Established in 2012, Sunpin is actively developing and building solar projects in several states, including Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and California. Solar Power World ranked Sunpin Solar in the top five companies for solar developer in 2018 and in the top three in 2019.
Attendees included supporters and dignitaries from all over California, Asia, Europe, and Canada. Sunpin Solar President and CEO Tom Li traveled from Beijing, China to thank guests for their support and share his excitement for the future of Sunpin.
“I’m very happy to stand in front of you, to celebrate the construction of the Titan Solar 1 project … I would like to say that the Titan Solar 1 project is a great example of partnership. At Sunpin we care deeply about green energy. Working in renewable energy is not just a job for us — it’s a calling,” said Li.
Representatives from the office of State Senator Ben Hueso, 40th District, and the office of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia attended the groundbreaking ceremony to thank Sunpin for their hard work and cooperation with government, and to congratulate them on their new facility’s groundbreaking.
IID Director Alex Cardenas spoke of the importance of clean energy and bringing more projects like this to California and, more specifically, Imperial County. He referred to Imperial County as the “renewable energy capital of the state.”
“There’s a lot of good resources with this project … There’s a lot of benefit of working together to make these projects, like Titan Solar 1, possible. As a public utility, it’s our job to do our part to make a difference at home and for the greater good. IID has a rich history of doing that,” said Cardenas.