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E.ON Solar Starts Solar Park Construction In Kern County, California

E.ON Solar, a subsidiary of E.ON SE, a global leader in energy solutions, began construction on Maricopa West, a 20 MW solar project in Kern County, California.

Maricopa West occupies land in Southern California purchased by E.ON Solar from Maricopa Orchards, LLC. The solar park will utilize a single-axis tracking system and consist of 89,000 photovoltaic panels. It will be fully operational later this year.

"The start of construction of the Maricopa West project is the result of the shared vision and hard work of E.ON's Solar team, which has established a track-record of engineering best-in-class solar sites in California and other favorable markets," said Steve Trenholm, CEO, E.ON Solar.

"We are pleased to work with Signal Energy Constructors to build Maricopa West. This project will create 160 jobs for iron workers, electricians, laborers and other trades while boosting the local economy," Trenholm said.

"Our solar parks in California and Arizona have created a total of more than 400 construction jobs to date. As we expand our footprint in the state, E.ON Solar will continue to create additional job opportunities," added Trenholm. "This is an exciting time at E.ON Solar, as we continue to build projects that do not use water in the production of solar electricity, while helping to address America's energy resource and security needs."

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