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Canadian Solar brings 60 MW solar project north of Los Angeles fully online

Company also announced support for a pair of project across the Pacific



GUELPH, Ont.—Canadian Solar Inc. subsidiary Recurrent Energy has completed work on a 60 megawatt solar plant outside Los Angeles.

The company announced Sept. 29 its Barren Ridge solar project has reached commercial operation and is now feeding power into the West Coast city’s electricity grid.

The plant is the third solar project the company has brought online in the U.S. this year—including a 200 MW site developed alongside U.S. utility Southern Company that reached commercial operation earlier this week.

Work on the Barren Ridge project began last fall and employed 230 at peak construction. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has signed on to buy the plant’s power under a long-term power purchase agreement.

Meanwhile, the company also announced this week it has received $3.5 million in funding from the Australian government’s renewable energy agency (ARENA) to help support the construction on a pair of solar projects in Queensland. Canadian Solar says it will start work on the two sites, which will total 47 MW at peak power capacity, early next year.

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