On November 6, 2012, the Merced County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Quinto Solar Photovoltaic Project, certified the Environmental Impact Report for the Project and approved a Solar Benefits Agreement between the applicant and the County. The Project will generate 110-megawatts of new solar power utilizing approximately 320,000 monocrystalline silicon solar panels mounted to single-axis photovoltaic trackers. The amount of energy generated by this project is enough to supply power to approximately 40,000 homes. This power will be sold in the wholesale power market to electricity providers such as utilities, municipalities or other purchasers and transferred to the PG&E high voltage transmission system. The Project will create 315 construction jobs over the anticipated 16 month project construction period and 5 full time jobs during project operation. This project will also aid the state in meeting its Renewable Energy goals as set forth in Assembly Bill 32, whereby 33% of its energy must be derived from renewable sources by 2020. Tina Thomas and Ashle Crocker assisted the project applicant through the approval process.
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