Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp Bakersfield Facility Operational

Algonquin-Power-Utilities-LogoAlgonquin Power and Utilities Corp.’s 20-megawatt Bakersfield I Solar generation and its 23-megawatt Morse Wind generation projects are now operational and selling renewable power in Canada and the United States.

Bakersfield I Solar, located in Kern County, California, is Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.’s second solar generating facility and is comprised of approximately 85,000 solar panels located on 165 acres of land.

The project is expected to generate 53.3 GWh of energy per year and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with a large investment grade electric utility.

Consistent with the commitment to expand its solar generation portfolio, Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. is currently pursuing the construction of the 10 MW Bakersfield II Solar generation project immediately adjacent to Bakersfield I Solar, and is estimated to be operational in the first half of 2016.

“We are very pleased with the continuing success of our North American renewable energy development program as evidenced by the timely completion of these two generation projects,” said commented Ian Robertson, Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. CEO. “These projects confirm our commitment to growing our renewable energy portfolio both in Canada and the U.S. and we are confident that these projects represent continued creation of shareholder value.”

Morse Wind, located near Morse, Saskatchewan, is Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.’s eighth wind generating facility, and consists of 10 direct drive wind turbine generators over 1,120 acres of land. The project is expected to generate 104.0 GWh of energy per year which is being sold under a 20 year power purchase agreement with a large investment grade electric utility.

For more information, visit algonquinpowerandutilities.com.

— Solar Builder magazine

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