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Folsom’s 8minutenergy signs solar deal in Southern California

Folsom-based 8minutenergy Renewables LLC says it has signed a a 25-year contract to sell 30 megawatts of solar energy from its Midway III Solar Farm project in Imperial County, Calif., to the Imperial Irrigation District.

The deal to ultimately provide power to nearly 11,000 households in Imperial County was signed in partnership with Spanish solar developer Gestamp Solar. The two companies have a joint agreement to develop the solar farm.

The Midway III Solar Farm project is a utility-scale facility on 221 acres. Construction is projected to begin in late 2015, with the site expected to be operational in the second half of 2016.

It was 8minutenergy’s second major Southern California deal announcement in two weeks. In mid-November, it announced a 25-year contract to sell 100 megawatts of solar energy from a Kern County solar farm for use by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

The local company said it will develop, build and operate that Springbok Solar Farm project on up to 950 acres of farmland about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.