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Sunpin Solar’s $100M+ Project In Imperial County on Track

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Irvine-based Sunpin Solar says its Titan Solar 1 project is on schedule to start operations toward the end of this year despite the uncertainties resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re still on schedule despite all that is happening. I can’t really pinpoint any issues or delays,” according to Marsel Kamberaj, director of engineering, procurement and construction. “We’re now in full construction mode.”

The company, whose solar-powered photovoltaic panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity, in January held a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the 98-megawatt Titan project in Imperial County, near the Salton Sea and Ocotillo Wells.

Sunpin Solar, formed in 2012, acquires, develops and finances utility-scale solar projects in the U.S. It is ranked as a 2019 Top 3 Solar Developer in the United States by trade publication Solar Power World.

$100M+

The more than $100 million Titan Solar project, some 150 miles from Irvine, is on 569 acres and is expected to be operational by year-end, producing enough electricity to power over 26,900 homes annually, according to the company.

“Right now, pretty much every stage, every phase of construction has kicked off,” Kamberaj told the Business Journal on June 4.

There are about 200 workers on-site on any given day, a number that will reach more than 500 during peak construction.

“The project has been fully engineered with all permits including building, substation and move-on and grading permits successfully obtained,” according to the company. “50% of the pile installations have been completed and panels are starting to be installed.

“Since April 2020, delivery of all major equipment such as piles, racking, and modules have been received, and more than half are stored on site,” the company said.

“COVID-19 may have complicated the execution of this project, but never threatened its success.”

Kamberaj said “the whole industry has been getting preliminary notices” from suppliers and others about potential problems, but so far there’s been no delay for the Titan Solar 1 project.

Sunpin is a utility-scale developer, meaning it generates solar power and feeds it into a grid, supplying a utility with energy.

China National Building Material Co. of Beijing is a long-term partner, Sunpin said. 

Essential Workers

Solar installers are essential workers in California. To protect the workers’ safety, Sunpin Solar has provided 1,000 pieces of protective masks to the on-site crew and will be providing more as needed.

Kamberaj said the project shows “perseverance and resilience” in the time of pandemic adversity.

The Titan Solar 1 project will be interconnected to the Imperial Irrigation District utility grid and has delivery capability into California Independent System Operator territory.

This is Sunpin Solar’s second-largest utility-scale solar project in California, following the completion of the 96.75 MW ColGreen North Shore solar project in Riverside County in 2018.

The company said in March it is also developing and building solar projects in states including Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in addition to California.

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Kevin Costelloe
Kevin Costelloe
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