SF-based First Solar has filed for a conditional-use permit to build a 300-megawatt solar farm on 2,103 acres. The project, named Daylight Legacy Solar, is being proposed along the Avenal Cutoff, following on the filing of another 300-megawatts project by Recurrent Energy, RE Slate, last month. The proposal continues a trend of construction of solar farms on water-short farmland in the western part of Kings County.
The First Solar project located at 20630 Nevada Ave., could be in service by 2021 says First Solar manager Louis DeRosa in an April 18 letter. Both the First Solar and Recurrent plans are the largest proposed yet in the county and each includes a battery storage component.
The Central Valley is approaching the equivalent in megawatts-to-power generated by the soon to be decommissioned, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
The renewable energy projects continue to pile up in Kings County with solar projects in the works or completed, approaching 2,000-megawatts, covering some 19,000 acres.
The Kings County Planning Commission has yet to schedule a date for a hearing on the Daylight project.
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Another huge solar farm proposed for Avenal Cutoff, by John Lindt, Hanford Sentinel, May 17, 2018.