Located in California’s Central Valley, the Tranquillity solar power project produces enough clean electricity to power approximately 50,000 homes. This electricity is being purchased by buyers including Southern California Edison (SCE) under long-term power purchase agreements. Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is the majority owner of the facility, which is sited on 1,900 acres of retired agricultural land in Fresno County. The Tranquillity project received an Honorable Mention in Renewable Energy World’s 2016 Project of the Year Awards.
Utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects like the Tranquillity project generate economic opportunities in local communities. Construction of the Tranquillity project created 456 peak construction jobs, with 57 percent of workers hailing from communities located within 50 miles of the project, including Mendota, Tranquillity and San Joaquin.
$5.7M was spent on construction materials and services with businesses located 50 miles or less from the project site. In addition, the Tranquillity project will generate approximately $14.6M in taxes for Fresno County, as well as $18M in tax revenue for the state of California.
The Tranquillity project is an example of low-impact solar project development that has been recognized by the NRDC.
The project avoids habitat for sensitive species and connects to power lines that were already on the property. Water requirements for solar projects are minimal, and any water used for construction came from a salty aquifer that is largely unsuitable for agricultural use. While each solar project is unique and has site-specific considerations, the Tranquillity project underscores Recurrent Energy’s commitment to the diverse communities and ecosystems where we develop projects.