Construction to Soon Start on New Solar Farm

Folsom-based 8minutenergy will start construction next month on a 700-acre solar farm east of Cantil that will generate enough electricity for 250,000 people. President Tom Buttgenback says abundant sunlight and previous success at a facility southeast of Bakersfield brought the company back to Kern County. “Eastern Kern has a tremendously good solar resource,” he said. “It’s obviously a desert location, but it’s also elevated.”  Buttgenback says construction will create about 700 temporary jobs, and 20 permanent jobs will be established when the site comes on line next year.

– Anthony Pollreisz

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