Google is partnering with Silver Ridge Power, LLC for the project. Silver Ridge Power, LLC is one of the world’s largest operators of utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants. Silver Ridge Power already has an energy production capacity of 522 MW, and Mount Signal will become Silver Ridge’s largest plant.
The investment comes with certain conditions. The money will not be invested until Mount Signal is operational and reaches specific production milestones.
Power from the plant will be pumped through the newly completed Sunrise Powerlink. The line, stretching 117 miles from Imperial Valley to San Diego, was built by San Diego Gas and Electric for a cost of $1.9 billion.
Mount Signal’s solar panels will be provided by First Solar, an Arizona based company. The panels will be accompanied by single axis trackers, which tilt the solar panels to follow the path of the sun and increase energy production potential.
This is Google’s 13th clean energy investment. All told, Google has over $1 billion in renewable energy investments planned, producing a total of 2 GW of energy. The company has formed Google Energy, invested in solar and wind energy, and received permission from the government to participate in the wholesale energy market. Google hopes to match its data centers with renewable energy capabilities.