EL CENTRO – A set of large-scale solar power projects under development by Â 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 worldâ€™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.
â€œAfter close examination, the Sierra Club decided to support these projects due to the developerâ€™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,â€ said Bill Corcoran, western regional campaign director for the Sierra Clubâ€™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.