Solar project 8minutenergy Renewables gets BOS approval

Artist’s rendering of proposed 8minuteenergy solar farm

EL CENTRO – A set of large-scale solar power projects under development by  8minutenergy Renewables LLC was approved by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday.

The Mt. Signal, Calexico I and Calexico II projects will produce about 600 megawatts of electricity per year, or enough to power more than 200,000 households. Together, they make up the world’s largest solar farm, according to solar developer.

8minutenergy will work with the Sierra Club to a stewardship and education program that will aim to protect threatened species in the area, above what is required by California law.

“After close examination, the Sierra Club decided to support these projects due to the developer’s willingness to provide support and funding for a program that should provide a higher level of protection for the imperiled burrowing owl, a species potentially affected by the larger-scale development of solar,” said Bill Corcoran, western regional campaign director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, in a news release.

The Sierra Club helped secure a labor agreement that ensures that the project work force will be locally based.