US-European collaboration on LA thin-film project

Pacific Valley has announced a new joint venture with European solar company Cadmos Energias Renovables to complete the development, construction and commissioning of a 20-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) power project in Los Angeles County, which will power up to 5,000 California homes.

Known as Ruby Solar, LLC, the system will be installed on 160 acres of land in Los Angeles County and connected to the Southern California Edison power grid, where it will produce enough electricity to power an average of 5,000 California homes upon completion.

With construction expected to begin in mid-2011, Ruby Solar will utilise Cadmos’ thin-film solar panels and employ their proprietary, cost-effective ground mounting system, while Pacific Valley, who performed the initial site selection and qualification, will continue to be responsible for the interconnection, permitting and preconstruction development.

“It seemed like a natural fit to combine Pacific Valley’s expertise in delivering high-value, construction-ready solar PV projects with the impressive engineering and construction experience of the Cadmos team,” said Dan Firestone, Chairman of the Board for Pacific Valley, LLC. “Working together, the stage is set for this exciting project to be one of the first 20MW solar projects to come on-line in the State, helping to meet the needs of California’s renewable energy market.”

This global partnership leverages Pacific Valley’s unique expertise in optimal site selection, permitting and interconnection design and Cadmos’ depth and experience in photovoltaic plant design, construction and commissioning, thus capitalizing on the complementary strengths of both companies.

“As a cornerstone of our US strategy, we felt that it was critical to work with a partner that can provide us with a pipeline of high-quality photovoltaic projects,” said David Naranjo, Chairman of Cadmos Energias Renovables. “Pacific Valley has the connections, experience and opportunities we require in a joint venture partnership.”

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Cadmos Energias Renovables


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