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Catalina Power Plant:
Intersolar North America 2015 Project of the Year Award Winner

North America Utility

  • Location:California, United States
  • Date onstream:2013-08
  • System Capacity:82,500 kWp

Site Overview

Location California, United States
Coordinates 34°56' N, 118° 20'W
Average temperature 18.4 °C • 65.1 °F
Average precipitation 165 mm • 6.5 in/yr

Technical Overview

Scheduled completion August 2013
System capacity 143.2 MWp (82.5MWp SFA)
Panel type SF145-L, SF150-L, SF155-L
Number of installed panels 550,000
Tilt angle, orientation 20°, South 0°
CO2 reduction (estimate) 74,000 tons
Inverter SMA central inverters

Solar Frontier Wins Intersolar 2015 Award


The largest Solar Frontier CIS (copper, indium and selenium) photovoltaic installation in the United States, the Catalina Solar Project developed by EDF Renewable Energy is part of a hybrid renewable energy project that includes a 140 MW wind farm. The mammoth solar plant is installed with Solar Frontier's high performance panels manufactured in a state-of-the-art, fully automated facility recognized for its consistent technical precision. Catalina was constructed by Bechtel on 1,100 acres of privately owned land in Kern County, California. Work began in May of 2012, was completed in August of 2013 and employed over 500 workers. The projects's clean energy is provided to San Diego Gas & Electric Company under a 25-year Power urchase Agreement. In January 2013, GE Energy Financial Services, along with MetLife, Union Bank and Citi, acquired a majority stake in the project. EDF provides the operations and maintenance service.


Located in the Mojave Desert, 82.5 megawatts of Catalina are installed with Solar Frontier’s CIS technology, a better choice for solar plants exposed to extreme heat. With a lower temperature co-efficient, SolarFrontier modules generate more power than conventional crystalline silicon. Combine that benefit with the product's light-soaking effectand high performance in low light conditions, and annual project power yields can be expected to exceed conventional modules between 4-8% over the lifetime of the system.


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