Solar power facility goes live in Kings

HANFORD – A 1,000-acre solar power facility on 25th Avenue near Lemoore began generating enough electricity this month to power 45,000 homes.

The 100-megawatt Mustang project, developed by Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., began delivering electricity to Sonoma Clean Power and Marin Clean Energy in the Bay Area this month.

Construction of the facility created 450 jobs at its peak and generated $3.1 million in local spending on construction materials, services, food and housing, according to a press release from Recurrent Energy.

The Mustang project is one of four major solar installations either built or proposed along 25th Avenue alone.

All told, more than 1,000 megawatts of solar generating capacity have been proposed or constructed on more than 10,000 acres of Kings County land since 2010, according to Kings County officials.

That gives Kings County the highest per-capita commercial solar power generating capacity of any county in California, according to a recent study.

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