The approval received support from the Sierra Club, Audubon California, Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

8minutenergy’s 600MW solar generation plant will be developed in three phases and produce enough clean, renewable solar power to provide electricity for over 200,000 households in California.

The specific 8minutenergy solar PV project phases approved by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors include Mount Signal solar farm and Calexico solar farms I & II.

The 200MW utility-scale Mount Signal solar farm is anticipated to commence delivery in mid-2013.

Calexico solar farms I & II will produce 200MW each of clean, safe, reliable electricity for about 140,000 households by 2014.

The solar PV projects will displace the equivalent of about 1.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year of a coal plant, which is equal to the amount that roughly 67 million trees would displace annually.